Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Say ‘Today Was Difficult’ After Josh Duggar Found Guilty in Child Porn Case

Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Say ‘Today Was Difficult’ After Josh Duggar Found Guilty in Child Porn Case


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Jinger Duggar/Instagram Jill and Derick Dillard          

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her husband Derick are talking out after a responsible verdict was reached Thursday in the kid sexual abuse materials case in opposition to Jill’s brother Josh Duggar.

“Today was difficult for our family. Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation,” the assertion, posted to the Dillard household web site, learn in half. 

“We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse,” it continued.

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The joint assertion went on to say that “nobody is above the law. It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor.”

The pair expressed the sensation that they “have been lied to so much that we wanted to hear the evidence for ourselves in court. After seeing all the evidence as it was presented, we believe that the jury reached a just verdict today, consistent with the truth beyond a reasonable doubt.”

“Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself. Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions,” the Dillards continued in their assertion. 

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“Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future. This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long road ahead. We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time,” the assertion concluded.

Earlier on Thursday, Derick, 32, spoke to PEOPLE outdoors the courthouse in Arkansas shortly after his brother-in-law was discovered responsible on two prices of receiving and possessing little one sexual abuse materials. 

“We just wanted to, among other things, see the facts for ourselves,” he mentioned on the time. Jill, 30, appeared at Wednesday’s continuing however was not current for the decision on Thursday.

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Derick, a Counting On alum, additionally spoke out about Josh’s trial after the jury started deliberating this week, writing on Twitter Wednesday that he was “praying for justice this morning.”

Josh’s mother and father, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, broke their silence Thursday after the responsible verdict.

“This entire ordeal has been very grievous. Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, have sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through CSAM [Child Sexual Abuse Material],” the couple mentioned in an announcement posted to their household web site.

“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” Jim Bob and Michelle continued. “As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children. In each of life’s circumstances, we place our trust in God. He is our source of strength and refuge. Thank you for your prayers.”

Josh, 33, was arrested in April and pleaded not responsible to the costs of receiving and possessing little one sexual abuse materials. 

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The 19 Kids and Counting star, who beforehand confronted little one molestation allegations associated to his conduct as an adolescent, was accused of downloading information depicting little one sexual abuse in May of 2019 on the pc at his then-workplace, a used automobile lot in Arkansas. 

In May 2015, a 2006 police report surfaced and revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching 5 underage ladies. Two of his sisters subsequently stepped ahead as two of the victims. Josh publicly apologized for his “wrongdoing.”

Along with Jill and Derick, a number of different of Josh’s relations appeared in courtroom all through the trial, together with his father, spouse Anna, and siblings Justin, Jessa and Joy-Anna. Joy-Anna’s husband Austin Forsyth has additionally attended.

Jill and Derick, who’ve been open in the previous about distancing themselves from the Duggar household, beforehand issued a short assertion on the case when Josh was first arrested earlier this 12 months. “It is very sad,” they advised PEOPLE on the time. 

Following the responsible verdict, Josh faces as much as 20 years of imprisonment and as much as $250,000 in fines after his conviction on each counts.

His sentencing is predicted in 4 months, however a date hasn’t been scheduled pending a pre-sentence investigation.

If you or somebody you realize has been a sufferer of sexual abuse, textual content “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be related to a licensed disaster counselor.

If you watched little one abuse, name the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is out there 24/7 in greater than 170 languages.

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