Josh Duggar and the rest of the now-infamous Duggar clan continue to dominate headlines in the wake of his conviction in his child pornography case. On November 9th, Duggar was found guilty of two separate charges, one each of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. He awaits sentencing early next year. Each charge carries up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Duggar rose to childhood fame for being included in his family’s former reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. It ran on TLC until 2015, when allegations about Duggar molesting young girls first surfaced. He confessed to the abuse and the show was cancelled. In May of 2021, he was arrested for child pornography. Since his conviction, some of his family members have issued public statements. So far, all his siblings who have spoken about the trial agree with their brother’s guilty conviction.
In a joint statement on Instagram, Josh’s sister Jinger and her husband Jeremy Vuolo expressed their agreement with the guilty verdict.
“We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children.
“We are thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case. We are grateful for justice. We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged,” the couple wrote in a post with comments turned off.
The Vuolos also addressed the hot topic of her family’s devout Christian faith.
“We are saddened for the dishonor this has brought upon Christ’s name. Josh claims to be a Christian. When a professing follower of Jesus is exposed as a hypocrite, the response of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself. They’ll question the legitimacy of a Savior whose so-called followers privately delight in the sins they publicly denounce. This is why the Apostle Paul told religious hypocrites that ‘the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you (Romans 2:24). For Josh, we fear for his soul,” they wrote in their statement.
Josh’s sister Joy Anna Forsythe and her husband Austin issued their own statement in an Instagram story.
“We agree with the judicial system’s verdict and we are thankful for the men and women who work tirelessly to protect children and help prevent child sexual abuse material. Our hearts break for all CSAM [Child Sexual Abuse Material] victims,” read their story.
Similar to her siblings, Joy Anna expressed her support for her sister-in-law, Josh’s wife Anna, and their seven children.
“We are praying for Anna and her children.”
Josh’s sister Jill and her husband Derrick Dillard and cousin Amy King have also expressed their agreement with the guilty verdict. Many of Josh’s family members, including Jill, Derrick, Joy Anna, and Austin, were present during Josh’s nine-day trial.