Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Breaking Silence After Josh Duggar’s Criminal Conviction – NBC Chicago

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar broke their silence after their eldest son, Josh, was found offense of downloading and possessing child sexual abuse images on Thursday.

The couple, who rose to fame on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” for their large family, released their statement after remaining silent throughout the trial.

“This whole ordeal has been very distressing,” the statement read. “Today, the grace of God, through the love and prayers of so many, sustains us.”

Duggar, 33 years old, found guilty two fees: One fee for downloading the document, another for owning it. Duggar’s sentencing has yet to be announced. He faces 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.

Mr Duggars’ statement continued, “Our hearts and prayers go out to anyone who has been harmed through CSAM (child sexual abuse material).”

Jim Bob and Michelle vow to help Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children in the future.

“In the coming days, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” the statement read. “As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and love him, like all our children. In every circumstance of life, we put our trust in God. He is our source of strength and refuge. Thank you for your prayers.”

Josh Duggar

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

In this photo provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, former “19 Kids And Counting” TV personality Josh Duggar posed for a booking photo following a guilty verdict on December 9, 2021.

In April 2021, Duggar was federal charges belong to receive and possess Images of child sexual abuse, including children under 12 years of age. At the time, Duggar pledged not to commit a crime. The experiment started last week.

“We appreciate the lengthy jury discussion, we respect the jury’s decision, and we plan to appeal.” Duggar’s legal team said in a statement to NBC News after the judgment.

On Wednesday, before the verdict was announced, Derick Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar Dillard, wrote on Twitter that he had “prayed for justice” during the trial.

In recent years, Jill Duggar Dillard has been open about She keeps her distance from her family.

Amy Duggar King, a family cousin described as a “bad girl” in the original TLC series, shared a statement on Twitter shortly after the verdict was announced.

“May the jury and Judge Brooks seek healing/advice from all that came into contact with them,” wrote King, who talked to TODAY in the past about the charges against Duggar. “May the children grow up with real men of God as father figures who will guide and protect them. May those who once disbelieved open their eyes for the first time.”

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