Josh Duggar served as the executive director of FRC Action, a lobbying political action committee sponsored by the Family Research Council, from June 2013 to May 2015.
36 Facts About Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar was found guilty on all charges on December 9,2021.
Josh Duggar was sentenced to over 12 years in prison on May 25,2022.
Josh Duggar was born on March 3,1988, in the city of Tontitown in Washington County, Arkansas, to James Robert and Michelle Annette Ruark Duggar.
Josh Duggar was homeschooled and passed Arkansas's state test for a general equivalency diploma at the age of 16.
Josh Duggar's wedding was featured in an episode broadcast on January 25,2009, which included the planning, preparation, rehearsal, ceremony and reception.
When Josh Duggar was a teenager, his father, Jim Bob Josh Duggar, was a two-term Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Josh Duggar has been active in conservative politics; while running a car dealership he worked as a part-time political consultant in 2007 under the business name Strategic Political Services.
In 2012, Josh Duggar addressed rallies for the Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
FRC president Tony Perkins said that by hiring Josh Duggar they hoped to appeal to more young people by tapping into the popularity of 19 Kids and Counting.
Josh Duggar further stated, "The big part of Josh's focus is going to be building our grass-roots across the country".
Josh Duggar campaigned for Senate candidates in Kansas, Mississippi, and Virginia before the 2014 midterm elections.
Josh Duggar described his family as the "epitome of conservative values" and advocated for what he termed "family-centered" and conservative Christian viewpoints, including opposition to abortion, divorce, and gay marriage.
Josh Duggar has been referred to as an "anti-gay activist" by GLAAD, a pro-LGBT rights organization.
In 2004 and 2006, the first four television specials featuring the Josh Duggar family were released.
The family reported that no further incidents had occurred since Josh Duggar returned to the home in late 2003.
In July 2003, Josh Duggar's father had taken him to meet Joseph Truman Hutchens, an Arkansas State Trooper and family acquaintance.
On May 21,2015, a report by the magazine In Touch Weekly stated that Jim Bob Duggar had told the Arkansas State Police that Josh had molested five underage girls between 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 and 15 years old.
Jim Bob reported he had learned in March 2002 that Josh Duggar had touched the breasts and genital region of his sisters on multiple occasions while they were sleeping.
In March 2003, Josh Duggar's parents learned of additional incidents and victims, which included the touching of a babysitter, reaching under the dress of a younger sister who was in his lap, and cornering a sister in the laundry room to reach under her clothing.
When Josh Duggar returned home in July 2003, his father took him to meet Joseph Truman Hutchens, an Arkansas State Trooper and family acquaintance.
Josh Duggar resigned his position at FRC Action on May 21,2015, on the same day the In Touch article was published.
Josh Duggar stated that he "acted inexcusably" as a teen and said he was "deeply sorry" for what he called his wrongdoings.
In Touch reported in a June 3,2015, article that another police report obtained by the magazine revealed that Josh Duggar had confessed to his father, on three separate occasions, to committing child molestation, which had involved a much younger sister and seven incidents.
The Holts revealed that the incidents were widespread and that Josh Duggar had touched his siblings inappropriately multiple times.
Jim Bob and Michelle once claimed Josh Duggar's victims were initially unaware anything had happened to them.
Springdale city attorney Ernest Cate defended the release of the records, saying that while Josh Duggar was a minor at the time of the alleged incidents, he was 18 in December 2006 when the police report was filed.
Josh Duggar added that under these circumstances, the records could be released once minors' names, as well as any potentially identifying pronouns, were redacted.
The federal grand jury's indictment accuses Josh Duggar of having "knowingly" received pornographic images of children who were under 12 years old.
US Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L Wiedemann said that, if Duggar were to be awarded bail, he would have to be "in a residence where there's no minor in the home".
Josh Duggar was required to wear an ankle monitor, have a probation officer's permission to leave the third-party custodians' home, could not access the internet, and could not be inside a residence where firearms were stored.
Jim Holt testified that Josh Duggar had asked him how to create the Linux partition on a computer in 2010, while Bobye Holt reiterated the same information that she testified on November 29.
On May 25,2022, Josh Duggar was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison.
Josh Duggar was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay an additional $40,100 in special assessments.
Josh Duggar had faced up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the two counts.
On June 3,2022, Josh Duggar appealed his conviction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which remains pending.