Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was convicted Thursday of possession of child pornography.
A forensic investigator described some of the content as the “most offensive” he had ever seen.
Ginger Volo, Josh’s younger sister, called his actions “horrific evil” in a statement on Instagram.
Ginger Volo said in a statement regarding her brother, Josh Duggar, 33, who was recently convicted of possession of child pornography by a federal grand jury in Arkansas.
On Friday, Vuolo – neé Duggar – posted a lengthy post on her Instagram account regarding her initial thoughts on the ruling, calling Josh’s behavior a “disgrace”.
“We grieve for the victims of horrific child abuse. We also grieve for Josh’s dear family, wife and children,” wrote Volo, 27. “We are saddened by the shame this has brought on the name of Christ. Josh claims to be a Christian.”
Vuolo, Duggar’s sixth oldest child and star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” wrote, “When a follower of Jesus is revealed as a hypocrite, the reaction of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself.” Vuolo also shared her concerns for her brother’s soul.
“However, amid our grief, there is gratitude. We are grateful that God is a God of justice who takes care of the innocent and the helpless. 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 among the most horrific evils imaginable. It is a God-hating evil.”
Volo said she was “thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case.”
“We pray for more justice, justification, protection, and healing for all who have been wronged,” Volo concluded.
Insider’s Michelle Mark and Ashley Coleman reported that Duggar was convicted Thursday and now faces up to 20 years in prison after his arrest in April 2021. Duggar initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography.
According to Insider, prosecutors accused Duggar of downloading and streaming known child sexual abuse material to a desktop computer at the Duggar used car show in May 2019. A federal agent testified that some of the material featured children under 12, including an infant.
Josh’s defense team argued that someone else had gained remote access to the computer and downloaded the material into a “hit and go” hacking system.
During the trial, the child molestation scandal that had surfaced years earlier resurfaced. A family friend who testified as a witness said she remembered Duggar once confessing to fondling four of his sisters over and under their clothes.
The Duggar family was hit by another scandal on Friday when it was revealed that Jana Duggar, the second oldest child, was accused of child endangerment.
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