Josh Duggar Arrested Being Held in Jail in Arkansas
Josh Duggar arrested by U.S. Marshals days after wife Anna reveals … Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:00:00 -0700-Online prison records did not indicate what Josh Duggar has been charged with.
Online jail records do not indicate what charges he was arrested on when he was booked
Josh Duggar has been arrested and is being held without bond in an Arkansas jail.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star was arrested by Homeland Security on Thursday, a representative for the U.S. Marshals Service confirms to PEOPLE. Online jail records do not indicate what charges he was arrested on when he was booked.
Representatives for Josh and for TLC did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
Josh, 33, has faced various controversies since entering the public eye with his family on TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting.
In mid-May 2015, Josh apologized for his “wrongdoing” after a 2006 police report revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters Jill, 25, and Jessa, 24, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.
Months later, in August 2015, Gawker reported that the oldest Duggar son appeared to have had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website created to facilitate cheating on your spouse.
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Josh ultimately confessed to having a pornography addiction and cheating on wife Anna Duggar in an apologetic statement on the Duggar family website.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him,” the statement read.
Most recently, Josh faced a real estate lawsuit in 2019. In September of that year, KARK.com reported that a three-day jury trial is set for Josh, who is “accused of fraud and is being sued for 'quiet title' and breaching a contract, according to court records.”
Josh's place of employment, an Arkansas car dealership, was also previously raided by Homeland Security as part of an “ongoing federal investigation” in November 2019, authorities told TV station KNWA at the time. It was unclear whether Josh was the focus of the investigation.
Various outlets had previously reported that Homeland Security had raided the Duggar family home, which they denied.
“We were shocked to see a news report today state that our home was raided by federal law enforcement agencies. This is not true. To the best of our knowledge, it's also not true that any member of our family is the target of any investigation of any kind,” a rep for the family told PEOPLE in a statement following the reports.
His arrest comes days after Anna, 32, announced that she and Josh are expecting their seventh child together, a baby girl.
Josh Duggar Arrested, Being Held in Jail in Arkansas Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:00:00 -0700-Former "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar has been arrested five days after his wife Anna announced they are expecting their seventh child.
According to online government records, Duggar was arrested by the United States Marshals Service and booked into jail Thursday afternoon in Washington County, Arkansas, where he is currently being held. No other details about his charges are currently available online.
USA TODAY has reached out to the office of Magistrate Judge Mark E. Ford and Homeland Security Investigations for comment.
Duggar's arrest comes less than a week after his wife Anna announced on Instagram that she is pregnant with their seventh child, a baby girl.
In a video posted to Instagram Saturday, the couple stand in a field with their six children running in the background. Duggar opens an umbrella over himself and his wife, dropping pink confetti over them.
“It’s a GIRL!!!!!,” Anna wrote in the caption. “We are overjoyed to announce baby seven is on the way and we can’t wait to hold her in our arms this fall!”
The couple have been married 13 years and share kids Mackynzie, 11; Michael, 9; Marcus, 7; Meredith, 5; Mason, 3; and 17-month-old Maryella.
The Duggar family rose to fame with their TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which chronicled the personal life of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Josh is their eldest son.
TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following a sexual abuse scandal involving Josh, who later also admitted to a porn addiction and cheating on his wife.The series' spin-off “Counting On” features storylines focusing on his sisters and their young families.
Duggar was never charged after an anonymous tip spurred an investigation into his alleged fondling of five girls in 2002 and 2003. He acknowledged wrongdoing in a statement after news reports were published in 2015. His parents and two of his sisters later confirmed the actions.
Contributing: Andrea Mandell; Associated Press
– April 30, 2021
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