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Josh Duggar's Sister Jana Duggar Arrested On Child Endangerment Charge
Just one day after Josh Duggar was convicted on child pornography charges, news broke that his sister Jana Duggar is facing her own legal trouble.
Just one day after disgraced reality star Josh Duggar was convicted on child pornography charges, news broke that his sister Jana Duggar was recently arrested on a child endangerment charge.
Jana Duggar, 31, pleaded not guilty in late September to a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, according to Arkansas court records obtained by NBC News. A trial by judge regarding the Sept. 9 incident for which Jana is charged is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Details of the case are sealed, according to NBC News.
Jana, who is single and has no children, faces up to three months behind bars if convicted, according to the Arkansas Sentencing Commission’s standard punishment range for a child endangerment charge.
The address for Jana listed in the sealed court docket is the same one listed for Josh Duggar and other members of their family, according to NBC News. Both Josh and Jana were featured on “19 Kids and Counting,” which ran on the TLC network from 2008 to 2015. The show was filmed at a home in Arkansas where multiple family members lived together.
On Thursday, Josh, 33, was found guilty in federal court of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He is expected to be sentenced in April, when he faces up to 20 years behind bars for each count.
As news of Jana’s charge made the round on the weekend, her cousin Amy Duggar expressed her support for her via a Saturday Instagram story.
"I will call out what is right and I will call out what is wrong. This couldn't have been intentional. [...] I bet you were exhausted, stressed and just emotionally worn out. Watching multiple kids is hard! Bc there's so many of them and you only have two eyes!!” she wrote, according to People.
She also noted that "the child was ok and found.”
“19 Kids and Counting” was canceled in 2015 after it was revealed that Josh had been investigated by police in 2006 for allegedly inappropriately touching five underage girls, including several of his sisters, when he was a teen. No charges were filed against him in reference to those allegations because of the statute of limitations.
Josh was also found to be active on Ashley Madison, a website designed to help people cheat on their spouses, in 2015. He later went to rehab for what he described as sexual addiction.