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Former reality TV star Josh Duggar faces child porn charges

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Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested by U.S. Marshals in northwest Arkansas for downloading and possessing child pornography. Duggar starred on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until it was pulled from the network in 2015 over revelations Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he had confessed to the fondling and apologized.

Federal prosecutors announced the indictment against Duggar on Friday. Prosecutors said Duggar possessed the material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019.

Duggar, 33, pleaded not guilty at a hearing Friday. His attorneys said they planned to defend his case “aggressively and thoroughly.”

A federal judge set a May 5 detention hearing and a July 6 trial date.

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.