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New details have emerged in what prosecutors believe is the “straightforward” child pornography case against Josh Duggar—the former reality star once featured in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”
Duggar, 33, is facing charges of possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography after federal authorities said they discovered sexually graphic images of children on Duggar’s work computer.
The investigation into the reality star and father began in May of 2019 after Little Rock Det. Amber Kalmer, using software designed for law enforcement to track the transfers of child sexual abuse material, downloaded files depicting sexual abuse of children over the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network, according to a recent court document filed by prosecutors and obtained by Law & Crime.
The downloaded files allegedly included one video of “two fully nude prepubescent females," one of whom was shown being sexually abused by a man, and a zip file with “approximately 65 images of a prepubescent female,” many of which were considered pornographic, according to the filing, also obtained by Fox News.
With the help of Homeland Security investigators, authorities say they were able to trace the IP address to Duggar’s used car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, and secure a search warrant to search the property on Nov. 8, 2019.
“Inside the small building on the lot, which operated as the business’s main office, law enforcement located an HP Desktop Computer with an image of the defendant and his family on its screen,” the court documents state. “A subsequent forensic examination of that device and other devices seized from the defendant and the car lot pursuant to the warrant uncovered evidence demonstrating that the defendant used the HP Desktop to download from the internet and, subsequently, possess multiple files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”
The prosecutor’s filing was submitted in response to a defense motion last month to obtain all reports from Kalmer and two other law enforcement officers who had also downloaded the child pornography images allegedly linked to Duggar.
But prosecutors have said the officers “were not involved” with the federal investigation into Duggar and it would only complicate the case.
“As with many cases based on undercover investigations of individuals sharing child sexual abuse material (‘CSAM’) over peer-to-peer networks, this case is straightforward,” prosecutors wrote in response.
They argued that Duggar’s defense team is looking for information that doesn’t exist or doesn’t relate to the case against the former reality star.
“[The defendant’s] motion represents nothing more than a request to embark on an impermissible fishing expedition for evidence that is either nonexistent, immaterial to his defense, or already produced,” stated the brief, also obtained by People. “Accordingly, the defendant’s motion should be denied.”
A judge has yet to rule on the debate.
Duggar is currently out on bond while awaiting his trial—which is scheduled to begin in late November—and living with family friends who have agreed to serve as his custodians as the legal case against him proceeds. Duggar, who is expecting his seventh child with wife Anna, is prohibited from any Internet accessible devices as part of his bond conditions.
A source told People that Anna continues to support her husband and believes that he is innocent.
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