Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was found guilty of two charges of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material on Thursday, December 9, In Touch can confirm. The TLC alum’s sentencing will occur at a later, unannounced date.

Duggar, 33, faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and up to $250,000 in fines on each of the two counts, equaling a max of 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Duggar was arrested on Thursday, April 29, and taken into custody for allegedly receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children, In Touch confirmed at the time. Duggar pleaded not guilty to the charges during a court appearance on Friday, April 30.

Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material, according to a press release from the United States Department of Justice, obtained by In Touch. Duggar “allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019.” 

The disturbing news came just weeks after the once-politician and his wife, Anna Duggar (née Keller), announced she is pregnant with their seventh child. The reality TV couple got married in 2013 and are parents to Mackynzie, 12, Michael, 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith, 6, Mason, 4, and Maryella, 2. On November 16, Anna announced the birth of daughter Madyson Lily. 

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Duggar’s family members released statements about the situation, with sister Jill Dillard (née Duggar) being the first one to speak out on April 30. “We just learned this information. It is very sad,” Dillard and her husband, Derick Dillard, wrote in a statement to Us Weekly

In addition, the disgraced reality star’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, released a statement on their website. “We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” Josh’s parents said in a statement on their family website. “The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna [Duggar] and continue to pray for their family.”

Prior to his most recent legal troubles, Jim Bob, 56, and Michelle, 55, publicly confirmed during an interview with Megyn Kelly that their oldest son had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was 14. Duggar released an apology statement shortly after.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he said at the time. “I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

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