Josh Duggar petitioned the court docket for a launch from jail amid a looming trial in his youngster pornography case.
The “19 Youngsters and Counting” star, 33, has been charged with possessing youngster pornography and pleaded not responsible to stated allegations in a federal Arkansas court docket on Friday.
Now, Duggar maintains to the court docket that he’s not a flight danger and needs to be set free of jail pending trial with a purpose to take care of his massive household and pregnant spouse Anna Duggar, in keeping with a authorized submitting by the used automobile salesman, in keeping with TMZ.
The pair are already mother and father to 6 youngsters, the oldest of which was born in 2009.
When costs have been introduced towards Duggar, U.S. Chief Justice of the Peace Decide Erin L. Wiedemann stated that if the fact star have been to be launched on bond, he must be in a residence the place there’s no minor within the house, in keeping with a launch from the US Legal professional’s Workplace.
Nevertheless, Duggar maintains that he’ll abide by all situations of his bail if granted by the court docket.
Duggar presses that as a result of he “has no felony convictions, and has identified about this federal felony investigation since November 2019 when Homeland Safety Investigations executed a search of Duggar’s prior office,” he’s no extra a flight danger than some other superstar with an identifiable mug.
Via his attorneys Travis Story and Justin Gelfand, Duggar’s pitch to the feds is that he “has a widely-recognizable face and has spent nearly all of his life within the public highlight — making any concern that he’s a danger of flight all of the extra unwarranted.”
He added, in keeping with the gossip website that as a result of the federal court docket allowed Duggar to voluntarily self-surrender beneath his personal recognizance that it ought to, in flip, let him out of jail on bail.
Duggar’s legal professional is requesting he be launched on bond. A trial date for his case was set for July 6, with a pre-trial listening to scheduled for July 1. Previous to trial and based mostly on his request to be launched from jail on bond the decide issued the order.
“Given the character of the costs towards him, the court docket would seemingly require a third-party custodian that he might reside with and that may guarantee compliance with situations of bond so that you all would want to get that line out and inform our probation workplace of who that particular person is so they may interview that particular person,” Wiedemann stated.
Duggar is accused of allegedly utilizing “the web to obtain youngster sexual abuse materials. Duggar allegedly possessed this materials, a few of which depicts the sexual abuse of kids beneath the age of 12, in Could 2019,” the federal launch states.
A federal district court docket decide will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Pointers and different statutory components. Duggar is charged by indictment. If convicted, he faces as much as 20 years of imprisonment and fines as much as $250,000 on every depend.
Reps for Duggar didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Fox Information’ Melissa Roberto and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.