He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of at least $250,000 if convicted.
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The show featuring Duggar was yanked from the network in 2015 over revelations he had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager. Duggar’s parents said he had confessed and apologized, although there were no criminal charges filed in the matter.
Later the same year, Duggar acknowledged a pornography addiction and that he had cheated on his wife following a data breach on the website Ashley Madison which revealed credit card transactions in his name.
“19 Kids and Counting” had a seven-year run on TLC and followed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, a devout Baptist couple who were raising 19 children in Tontitown, Arkansas.
Previously Duggar had come on the radar of authorities for other legal troubles.
Porn actress Danica Dillion filed a lawsuit against him in November 2015 for allegedly assaulting her in a Philadelphia strip club, although she dropped the lawsuit the following year, according to reports.
A federal probe in November 2019 led the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raid a car dealership where Duggar works, according to TMZ, which added Duggar was the subject of “a civil lawsuit filed against him for real-estate fraud.”
The current case against Duggar is being prosecuted as part of the U.S. Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas and Special Agent Jack Staton of the Homeland Security Department.