Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they offer their “hearts and prayers” to anyone who has been harmed through child sexual abuse material, following Josh Duggar’s conviction.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star, 33, was found guilty of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography on Thursday, Dec. 9. He had pleaded not guilty to both, and his attorneys told E! News they plan to appeal.
Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar exclusively tell E! News in a statement, “This entire ordeal has been very grievous. 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 [Child Sexual Abuse Material].”
In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” Jim Bob and Michelle said. “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
In April, Josh was arrested for allegedly possessing child sexual abuse material of kids under the age of 12, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Arkansas. His possession allegedly occurred in May 2019.
After the verdict, his attorneys said in a statement to E! News, “We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations… We respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal.”