Younger sister Jinger Vuolo has spoken out after TMZ confirmed Josh Duggar has been found guilty of receiving and possessing indecent images of children.
It comes after he was charged with receiving and possessing abuse material earlier this year.
And now his sister has released a controversial statement.
The Duggars first rose to fame thanks to the reality show 19 Kids and Counting…
But while the family portrayed a wholesome image…
There have been quite a few scandals over the years.
So much so that TLC eventually pulled the plug on the show in 2015 following Josh Duggar’s scandal involving young children.
At the time, Josh said: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”
He continued, “We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”
The incidents occurred when he was fourteen, in 2002 and 2003.
The family didn’t report the incidents until the statute of limitations passed in 2006. At the time Josh said he believed God showed him mercy and gave him redemption.
Then, earlier this year, Josh was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing indecent images of children.
People reports that Josh was arrested as he was found to have more than 200 images of children on his computer.
Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner described the things found as “in the top 5 of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine,” the Daily Mail reports.
Faulkner also said that Josh downloaded files that included “a series of child sexual abuse material involving minor children.”
Despite the finding, Josh was granted jail release ahead of his trial…
And, he was also still permitted to have contact with his children.
After many months, Josh’s trial began at the John Paul Hammerschmidt federal courthouse in Arkansas earlier this week.
Proceedings with the trial got underway as a judge heard testimonies to determine whether previous allegations should be admitted into the trial.
Duggar’s defense asked for the trial to solely focus on the indecent material allegations.
“Let’s have a trial about what actually happened in May of 2019,” attorney Justin Gelfand asked the judge, People reports.
However, the prosecution wanted to use Josh’s alleged previous admissions as evidence.
Therefore, in order to decide the judge called for a hearing in which people were called by the prosecution to testify.
The hearing saw Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, called and his family friend, Bobye Holt.
Jim Bob Duggar testified at the hearing in regards to the previous abuse allegations…
However, what he had to say was found to “be not credible.”
Jim Bob claimed in his testimony that he was unable to recall key details about the prior allegations.
And as a result, Judge Timothy L. Brooks, deemed his “memory to be not credible.”
“The Court found Mr. Duggar’s selective lapse in memory to be not credible; he was obviously reluctant to testify against his son,” Brooks said, People reports.
After hearing other testimonies, Brooks ruled that the allegations from Josh’s previous scandals could be used as evidence by the prosecution in his current trial.
The outlet reports that Brooks wrote in his ruling: “The Court finds, based on the Government’s proffer of evidence at the hearing, that the prior acts of child m*****ation allegedly committed by Defendant in 2002 and 2003 against four child victims are clear and compelling.”
“The child victims, in this case, are approximately the same ages as the victims of Defendant’s hands-on offenses.”
“Accordingly, the prior act evidence is probative of Defendant’s sexual interest in underage children and his propensity for exploiting young girls.”
And now, after a difficult week, a decision was finally made.
With the jury finding Duggar guilty of both of receiving and possessing.
Following the verdict, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a statement.
“This entire ordeal has been very grievous,” the statement read. “Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, has sustained us.”
“Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through CSAM.”
“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.”
And now sister has shared her own post.
“We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife, and precious children,” she wrote.
“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.”
“Yet, amidst our sadness, there is gratitude. We are grateful that God is a God of justice who cares for the innocent and the helpless. And, of all the people in this world, he especially loves children, who are among the most vulnerable,” Vuolo wrote. “This reality makes the existence of sex trafficking and child abuse one of the most horrific evils imaginable. It is an evil God hates.”
“We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged.”