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Supreme Court Denies Josh Duggar’s Appeal in Child Sex Abuse Materials Case

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear an appeal from Josh Duggar regarding his conviction for receiving child sex abuse materials (CSAM). The nation’s highest court offered no comment on its decision but simply listed Duggar’s case as one in a number of petitions that it denied Monday morning. 

Josh Duggar SCOTUS Appeal Denied

Josh Duggar was sentenced in May 2022 to over 12 years in prison for his conviction on a charge of receiving child pornography. Duggar is the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose large, homeschool family was featured in TLC’s reality show, “19 Kids and Counting” (2008-2015) and in the spin off, “Counting On” (2015-2020). Josh Duggar is married to Anna Duggar, and they have seven children.

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TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” after news broke that Duggar had molested five girls, including four of his sisters. The network later canceled “Counting On” after Duggar was charged with receiving and possessing CSAM. Duggar was convicted of that crime on Dec. 9, 2021.

Duggar has also confessed to a pornography addiction and to being unfaithful to his wife, Anna Duggar. The Duggar family has close ties to Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) and was recently the subject of the docuseries, “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.” 

In August 2023, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Duggar’s conviction. On Feb. 16, Duggar’s counsel filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, an option where legal parties dissatisfied with a lower court’s ruling can request that the nation’s highest court hear their case. SCOTUS announced its denial of Duggar’s request in its Monday order list.