4:22 PM PT — Josh is getting released from jail pending trial in his child porn case, but he’s not going home. The judge agrees Josh is not a flight risk, but says Duggar will not be sent to his residence.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas tells TMZ … the judge turned Josh over to third-party custodians and Duggar will be fashioned with a GPS ankle monitor.
We’re told Josh can’t have any contact with minors or possess any internet devices, but he can visit with his own minor children as long as their mother is there.
Josh Duggar‘s friends and family told law enforcement he’s dealing with a porn addiction … according to the feds, who claim his computer was chock full of disturbing images.
The “19 Kids and Counting” star appeared over Zoom for a court hearing Wednesday in his child pornography case. During the hearing, an agent from the Dept. of Homeland Security said Josh’s computer had more than 200 images involving naked minors and child sex abuse material. The agent said some of the children were as young as 5.
The feds say witnesses, including friends and family, brought up Josh’s alleged addiction to porn in interviews with law enforcement.
However, Josh’s defense asked the agent if there’s evidence Duggar had looked at the alleged images, and the agent said he hadn’t “directly” seen Josh checking out child porn.
In Wednesday’s court hearing, the feds claimed authorities identified a computer with videos and photos of child porn in May 2019 — a few months later they claim they connected Josh to the computer using the IP address.
DHS agents seized a computer from Josh’s office, plus his iPhone and a MacBook from inside an RV during that raid, and the feds say child porn was on the HP computer.
Josh, who is facing up to 20 years behind bars and fines of up to $250k on each count, wants to be released from jail, on bond, pending a trial … claiming he’s too famous to be a flight risk. The judge has yet to rule on that request.