A federal choose rejected a movement by Josh Duggar’s attorneys to stop the alleged proof of his previous molestation for use in his baby pornography case trial, which started on Nov. 30.
Josh Duggar‘s alleged confession to molesting 4 ladies in his previous can be utilized within the present trial of his child pornography case, a federal choose dominated on Wednesday, AP experiences. US District Judge Timothy Brooks made the ruling when rejecting a movement by Josh’s attorneys to stop the proof from being heard because the trial started. The 33-year-old 19 Kids and Counting star, who was arrested in Apr., is being charged with two counts of downloading and possessing baby pornography.
The new ruling comes as prosecutors reportedly need the jury to listen to testimony from a household buddy of the Duggars who testified in a pre-trial listening to on Monday and stated Josh advised her in 2003 that he molested 4 ladies. After the testimony, Josh’s attorneys argued that Josh had by no means been regarding a supposed confession and did not assume the charged for had any relevance within the baby pornography trial.
“The child pornography victims in this case are approximately the same ages as the victims of defendant’s hands-on child-molestation offenses,” Brooks’ order stated, based on AP, “Accordingly, the prior act evidence is probative of defendant’s sexual interest in underage children and his propensity for exploiting young girls.”
During the opening statements within the trial, Josh’s attorneys reportedly claimed that the kid pornography that was discovered on his laptop was downloaded by another person. “If you like a mystery, then this is the case for you,” Justin Gilfand, who’s representing Josh, advised jurors in his opening assertion, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported, “This is a classic, old fashioned whodunit.”
The newspaper additionally reported that regardless of Gilfand’s declare, federal prosecutors detailed logs exhibiting the exercise on Duggar’s laptop, which was minute-by-minute and reportedly alternated between sending private messages, downloading baby porn and saving photos of notes.
After Josh’s arrest, a federal Homeland Security agent testified that pornographic photographs depicting the sexual abuse of youngsters, together with toddlers, had been downloaded in May 2019 by a pc at a automotive dealership that Josh owned. The actuality star pleaded not responsible within the case however faces as much as 20 years in jail and fines including as much as $250,000 on every depend if he is convicted.