A federal judge on Monday rejected all of reality TV star Josh Duggar’s motions to dismiss child pornography charges or bar evidence against him.
The trial for Duggar, formerly one of the kids in “19 Kids and Counting,” is set to begin on November 30. He’s charged with receiving and possessing dozens of photos and videos of children “as young as toddlers” being sexual abused, CrimeOnline has reported.
Duggar’s attorney used several unusual tactics in his attempts to keep his client from facing trial, including saying that the Department of Homeland Security, which led the porn investigation, was run by illegitimate Trump-era appointees in 2019, when the investigation began, Law & Crime reported.
Two acting secretaries of the department, Keven McAleenan and Chad Wolf, were determined to have been appointed unlawfully, and judges invalidated some of the agency’s actions. But attorney Justin Gelfand argued that the actions of agents serving under the two men were equally illegitimate.
US District Judge Timothy Brooks disagreed.
Brooks ruled on a string of motions filed by Gelfand, including one that attempted to toss out evidence found on Duggar’s cell phone, claiming that Homeland Security Agent Gerald Faulkner took his phone after he said he wanted to call his lawyer and before he signed a Miranda warning.
Faulkner testified at the hearing and provided evidence debunking those claims.
One of the videos found on Duggar’s computer, “Daisy’s Destruction,” showed the sexual assault of an 18-month-old girl. Faulkner testified that it was “top five worst of the worst” videos that he’d had to examine. The video’s creator, human trafficker Peter Scully, has been called “the world’s worst pedophile.”
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[Josh Duggar/Washington County Jail]