Josh, 33, is facing two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. Josh is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 bambini. The family is known for the former “19 Bambini e contare” series on TLC, which was pulled from the network after Josh’s molestation scandal came to light in 2015.
At Monday’s evidentiary hearing, Jim Bob was subpoenaed by the prosecution and confirmed his son had come to him around 2002 with the admission that he inappropriately touched four minor females, identified as Jane Does 1 attraverso 4. tuttavia, Jim Bob said he couldn’t remember the specifics of the conversation when pressed by the government.
“He had told me that he had touched some of the girls, piace, when they were sleeping, piace, on the breast, piace, over their clothes. They didn’t wake up,” Jim Bob said in court.
He later said he could not provide specific wording that was used. “intendo, he didn’t use that – I don’t remember exactly the wording that he used. I can’t remember exactly how he said it.”
Jim Bob added that he and his wife Michelle took immediate action in their home to prohibit it from happening again, but was not questioned about what specific actions they took.
After a second disclosure from Josh after the first incident, Jim Bob confirmed he went to the Arkansas State Police on the recommendation of an elder at his church, Jim Holt. Holt’s wife, Bobye Holt, also provided testimony at Monday’s hearing.
Prosecution also presented Jim Bob with a police report published in 2015 by In Touch Weekly magazine, causing the Duggar patriarch to get defensive.
“I can’t remember. I didn’t write the police report. I don’t remember what was stated. And I haven’t read that police report in many, molti anni,” Duggar said before he asked the judge if he was going to allow the document to be further examined.
“Sig. Rugiada, what I am doing is controlling this examination. Tutto ok. She is showing you a document and identifying what the document is that you’re being shown. Then she’s going to ask you some questions about the document. If there’s a proper objection, someone in the courtroom will make it, but it won’t be you. You will answer the questions that are posed,” the judge responded.
Jim Bob also fielded questions from the the defense team. When discussing his son’s confession, Jim Bob said he was glad Josh had come forward because otherwise the parents wouldn’t have known.
“sì. We really felt like that they – that Josh – we were thankful that he came and told us what had happened, which that was a big step, because we didn’t catch him doing something, but he came and told us. But he had crossed some lines and he was right at that age of curiosity of, sai, right at 14 years old where your hormones start kicking in,” Egli ha detto.
Arguments are set to start on Wednesday after a nine-hour hearing on Tuesday resulted in the selection of the jury. The judge still has yet to rule if testimony regarding Josh’s molestation scandal will be allowed at trial.
Judge Timothy L. Brooks named the 28 potential or confirmed witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing, secondo i rapporti. Among them was Duggar’s sister Jill Dillard and brother Jedidiah. It is unclear if Duggar’s siblings will be called by the defense or prosecution, Persone rapporti. Jim Bob was not on the list of potential witnesses.
If convicted on all counts, Duggar faces up to 20 anni di carcere e multe fino a $ 250,000 on each count.