Josh Duggar guilty verdict prompts reaction from sister Jessa, brother-in-law Ben Seewald

The Seewalds have broken their silence over the conviction of Josh Duggar in child pornography.

On Friday, Josh’s brother-in-law Ben Seewald released a statement on his social media accounts that appeared to be on behalf of himself and his wife Jessa, who is Josh’s younger sister.

“From the moment we learned about this case against Josh, we have prayed that God will reveal the truth, no matter what it is, and that the facts will be tracked wherever they are,” the statement began on Twitter.

“We are deeply saddened by the children who have been exploited and abused in child sexual abuse material, and we are grateful to our justice system for punishing these evils. Our hearts break to Josh’s family and we ask that you continue to pray for them unfathomably. The report concludes that the grief and pain bear it.”

Watch Josh Duggar smiling in a MUGSHOT photo after receiving a guilty verdict in a child pornography trial

Jessa and Ben Seewald have been married since 2014. They have four children: sons Spurgeon and Henry and daughters Ivy and Verne. Jessa has yet to post the statement to her own social media accounts and has remained silent about her brother’s accusations since he was arrested by US guards in April. According to reports, Jessa has been spotted in an Arkansas court on her brother’s trial for nearly two weeks at least once.

Duggar, 33, was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography on Thursday. The former reality TV star faces up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000 per charge.

Seewalds’ statement comes after Josh’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and a few other siblings released statements of their own.

“This whole ordeal has been so traumatic,” Michelle and Jim Bob said on their website. “Today, God’s grace has supported us, through the love and prayers of so many. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has been hurt through CSAM. [Child Sexual Abuse Material]. “

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“In the coming days, we will do our best to surround our son-in-law [Josh’s wife] The duo continued, “Anna and their children with love and support.” As parents, we will never stop praying for and love Joshua, as we all do our children. In every situation of life, we place our trust in God. It is our strength and our refuge. Thank you for your prayers.”

(LR) Jessa Duggar, Ginger Duggar, Jill Duggar and Jana Duggar in 2014.
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Josh’s cousin, Amy King, tweeted that “justice was served” after the verdict was announced.

“I hope the juror and Judge Brooks will seek healing/advice from all that has gone into them,” she Statement on Twitter seem. “I wish children would grow up with real godly men as parents who would guide and protect them. I wish people who were once in disbelief would open their eyes for the first time.”

“I wish the abused girls would feel validated,” continued. “You are truly beautiful and worthy of love. May there be extensive counseling/healing. May there be wisdom for all involved on how to proceed. Thank you Jesus. Justice has been served.”

Amy King’s mother, Diana Duggar, also responded. “Justice has been prayed for all those involved in the case!!!” She wrote on her Instagram Story with several praying hand emojis.

Josh’s son-in-law Derek Dillard SPoke For People Magazine On his way out of the courtroom.

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“We just wanted, among other things, to see the facts for ourselves,” said Dillard, whose wife Jill Duggar Dillard did not attend the trial, before adding: “America is the best country to do justice.”

Derek and Jill later shared a profile lengthy statement on the family website.

The Duggar family rose to fame after appearing on TLC "19 kids and counting." The show was pulled from the network in 2015 after allegations that Josh sexually assaulted four of his sisters and became a publicly known babysitter.

The Duggar family rose to fame after appearing on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”. The show was pulled from the network in 2015 after allegations that Josh sexually assaulted four of his sisters and became a publicly known babysitter.
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“Today was a difficult day for our family,” the statement began. “Our thoughts are with the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation. We are grateful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, criminal analysts, prosecutors, and all other participants who rescue children and hold those responsible to account.”

The statement later added that “Josh’s actions extended far beyond the epicenter of the crime itself.” “The children have scars, but his family is also suffering from the fallout from his actions. Our hearts are sensitive to the pain that Josh’s wife, Anna and their seven children have already endured and will continue to deal with in the future. This trial felt more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long way to go. We stand with them, we pray for them, and we will endeavor to support them as much as we can during this dark time.”


Josh’s wife was Anna Duggar I saw you leave the courtroom passionate. Anna wore a black peacock coat over a matching black dress.

After the ruling, Josh’s defense attorney said the team respected the jury’s verdict but planned to appeal.

“We appreciate the lengthy jury deliberations, respect the jury’s verdict, and intend to appeal,” defense attorneys Justin Gelfand, Ian Murphy and Travis Storey said.

The Duggar family rose to fame after appearing on TLC’s19 kids and countingThe show was pulled from the network in 2015 following allegations that Josh sexually assaulted four of his sisters and became a publicly known babysitter.

No sentencing date has been set for Josh.

Lauren Overholtz of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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