Feds Need Josh Duggar Imprisoned for 20 Years for Youngster Porn


Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar

Federal prosecutors need former 19 Youngsters and Counting star Josh Duggar imprisoned for 20 years for receiving and possession youngster sexual abuse supplies, the utmost allowable sentence beneath the regulation.

“Distressingly, the marketplace for youngster pornography has continued to develop, and to develop into extra wicked, in recent times,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo on Wednesday. “That depravity is clear right here. As famous above, Duggar sought out photos and movies depicting prepubescent minors being subjected to sadistic and masochistic abuse.”

“Worst of the Worst”

In Could 2019, Duggar arrange a Linux partition on his work pc and put in an encrypted Tor browser and BitTorrent file-sharing app to obtain images and movies depicting the sexual abuse of kids “as younger as toddlers.”

One of many notorious movies that he downloaded, titled “Daisy’s Destruction,” depicted the sexual assault of an 18-month-old, authorities say. A Homeland Safety agent who investigated Duggar described it at a bail listening to one of many “High 5 worst of the worst” recordsdata he ever needed to study. Its creator, Australian pedophile Peter Scully, has been serving a life sentence within the Philippines for human trafficking.

Assistant U.S. Lawyer Dustin Roberts alluded to the horrific nature of the kid sexual abuse supplies (CSAM) in his sentencing memos.

“As an preliminary matter, Duggar used a number of means—uTorrent and Tor—to seek for and obtain CSAM of a sadistic nature, together with CSAM depicting prepubescent minors being subjected to violent abuse,” the 32-page memo states. “Furthermore, he went to nice lengths to hide his conduct from others, presumably so he might interact in it undetected and undeterred.”

Prosecutors discovered Duggar’s objections to a sentencing enhancement on these grounds baseless.

“Duggar’s barebones objection to this enhancement must be denied as a result of the proof produced at trial, which included visible depictions from Duggar’s pc of prepubescent ladies being vaginally penetrated and certain with rope, simply satisfies the necessities to use this enhancement,” the memo states.

Prosecutors describe different horrendous abuse involving a “massive carrot” and a minor mendacity on a mattress with the phrases “lower me,” “slut,” and “harm me” written on her in a “blood-like substance” and “a knife pointed at her vagina.”

“The CSAM he obtained and possessed not solely depicted minors with similarities to his prior hands-on victims, but it surely additionally depicted minors compelled into bondage, positioned in cages, and subjected to excessive acts of violence, together with being whipped and posing nude with what seems to be simulated blood and a knife,” the memo states. “In truth, the forensic proof offered at trial included a number of torrent recordsdata associated to a sequence of CSAM that has repeatedly been described by regulation enforcement as being among the many worst of the worst.”

Prosecutors quoted a mum or dad of an unidentified sufferer of one of many recordsdata emphasizing that the dissemination of the supplies causes actual harm.

“I can discover no phrases to specific the fury I really feel at those that take part on this evil, or my scorn for any try to attenuate the duty by feeble claims that the crime was ‘victimless,”” the mum or dad stated. “My daughter is an actual particular person. She was horribly victimized to offer this supply of ‘leisure.’ She is exploited anew each time a picture of her struggling is copied, traded or bought. Whereas the crime is clearly conscienceless, it’s hardly ‘victim-less.’”

The federal government calculates that Duggar downloaded greater than 600 photos, a quantity the protection disputes.

“Palms-On Abuse”

Prosecutors say that Duggar, who’s now 34, had a predilection of predatory sexual conduct since his early teenagers. When Duggar was 12, he reportedly sexually molested his sisters, and prosecutors say they had been all no less than three years youthful than he was. Duggar apologized for unspecified “wrongdoing” after In Contact Weekly revealed a police report about these incidents.

Although these incidents by no means went to courtroom, prosecutors argued that they need to be “the singular most necessary issue” to weigh.

“Though it has been broadly reported and acknowledged by Duggar and his household within the public sphere, and but nonetheless notably contested all through this prosecution, Duggar sexually abused a number of kids when he was a juvenile,” the memo notes. “His victims, 4 in complete, had been all prepubescent females, together with a number of who had been considerably youthful than Duggar. And now, equally, the victims depicted within the CSAM that Duggar has been convicted of downloading and possessing had been all ladies, all of comparable age, and all being sexually exploited. This isn’t coincidental.”

As an alternative, prosecutors argue, the incidents symbolize a sample.

“The referenced ‘sample’ that Duggar has adopted, and which is now earlier than this Court docket, entails his hands-on abuse of minor females adopted up by his acts to acquire imagery reflecting the hands-on abuse of minor females,” the sentencing memo states. “At base, this sample displays a transparent and long-standing sexual curiosity in prepubescent females. And troublingly, this sexual curiosity in kids has gone and can seemingly proceed to go—based mostly on Duggar’s conduct all through this case—unacknowledged and thus untreated.”

Prosecutors calculated the federal sentencing pointers in a means that would have dealt the conservative activist a sentence of 30 years to life, if the utmost penalty beneath the statute for receiving youngster pornography hadn’t capped his sentence at twenty years.

In 2015, a hack of the extramarital affair web site Ashley Madison revealed that Duggar had a profile on the positioning, and he launched a press release calling himself the “greatest hypocrite ever.” He put in software program on his pc known as “Covenant Eyes,” which might have alerted his spouse if he consumed pornography. Authorities stated that Duggar was a “energy consumer” who knew find out how to defeat that software program via using a Linux partition.

“When seen alongside his molestation conduct from roughly 2003, Duggar’s offense conduct right here makes clear that he grew to become a savvier youngster intercourse offender within the intervening years, utilizing refined strategies to hide and presumably lengthen his skill to interact on this conduct,” the memo states. “Luckily, he was caught and convicted, but it surely seems that he’s extra more likely to view his conviction as proof that he must be taught extra refined strategies to keep away from detection sooner or later versus a chance to mirror on his years-long sample of criminality and abuse.”

Duggar’s protection lawyer Justin Ok. Gelfand requested a 5-year sentence, pointing to the letters submitted in his consumer’s assist by his spouse Anna Duggar and his associates.

“Josh Duggar shouldn’t be the caricature typically portrayed within the public highlight to promote a tabloid or to generate web site visitors—it’s a profoundly hardworking man dedicated with each grain in his physique to his household, his religion, and to serving to these round him at any price,” Gelfand asserted in his sentencing memo.

Hearken to Regulation&Crime’s podcast “Objections: with Adam Klasfeld” to be taught extra about Duggar’s worst obtain, in a episode recorded earlier than the truth TV star’s conviction.

Learn the federal government’s sentencing memo, beneath:

[Washington County, Arkansas jail mugshot]

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