Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar speak out after the arrest of their eldest son Josh Duggar.
Josh Duggar, 33, was taken into custody by US Marshals on Thursday 29 April. On Friday, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, KNWA reported. Duggar has pleaded not guilty. He previously appeared with the rest of his family on the now-defunct TLC series 19 Kids and Counting. In 2015, TLC pulled the show from the air after Duggar admitted to molesting several girls as a teenager, including several of his sisters.
On Friday, Duggar’s parents filed a petition for the arrest of their eldest son.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” they wrote. “The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious.”
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Duggar’s younger sister Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo, who appear in the 19 Kids and Counting spinoff Counting On, have also spoken out since her arrest.
Jill and her husband Derick have also commented on the arrest of their brother. “We just found out this information yesterday,” Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard said in a statement shared with People, before the nature of the charges were made public. “It’s very sad.”
So far, no other members of the Duggar family have made public statements about the arrest, though several have made limited comments on their social media accounts.