Josh Duggar’s 12.5-year prison sentence has been extended for two additional months according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
Duggar, a 35-year-old disgraced reality television star, was originally set to be released on Aug. 12, 2032. Insider reports that Duggar will actually be released on October 2, 2032.
Duggar is currently being held in solitary confinement after he was allegedly found with a contraband cellphone in his possession last month. The former “19 Kids and Counting” reality star has been serving his sentence at the low-security federal prison FCI Seagoville near Dallas.
We reached out to Duggar’s lawyer and FCI Seagoville representatives, but they didn’t respond immediately.
Josh Duggar will now be released from prison on October 2, 2032.
Duggar was found guilty by a federal jury in Arkansas of child pornography receipt, and child pornography possession. Duggar was transferred from Washington County Jail in Arkansas to FCI Seagoville in Texas last June.
Duggar’s lawyers want to reverse his conviction. In February Duggar’s lawyers claimed that he was deprived of his right to call his lawyer from his cell phone during the search for images.
Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock, Arkansas, police detective found child pornography files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a dealership he owned.
Prosecutors claimed Duggar’s computer was equipped with a monitoring program that allowed him to report his activities to his wife Anna Duggar, but the images and video were downloaded after separate software was installed that would allow him to download items without being detected.
Prosecutors stated that Duggar was permitted to leave the scene and was advised not to speak to agents without his attorney. Duggar was also accompanied by two other individuals whose phones weren’t seized. This shows that Duggar had the opportunity to speak with an attorney, even though the officers had seized his phone at the beginning of their search.
Duggar’s lawyers claimed that he was deprived of contact with his legal counsel because federal agents stole Duggar’s phone. This was against his constitutional rights.
Duggar was a cast member alongside his father, mother, nine brothers, and nine sisters on “19 Kids and Counting”, a reality TV series that ran between 2008 and 2015.
Allegations against Duggar date to 2006, when authorities received a tip from a family friend that accused him of molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. However, the investigation ended after it was concluded that the statute of limitations had passed on any possible charges.
The allegations reemerged in 2015, leading to the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting.” Duggar later apologized for marital infidelity and pornography addiction and sought treatment.