- Former reality TV star Josh Duggar is on trial in Arkansas for two counts of child pornography.
- Forensic analysts alleged Duggar downloaded disturbing material on his work computer, the court heard on Thursday.
- WARNING: This report includes graphic details of child abuse that some might find disturbing.
Forensic analysis shows Josh Duggar downloaded videos of child sexual abuse, including one involving a three-month-old baby, a Department of Justice forensic investigator told an Arkansas court on Thursday.
Duggar, one of the stars of the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” is on trial for two charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged he “used the internet to download child sexual abuse material.” He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty, according to the United States Sentencing Commission.
Duggar has pleaded not guilty to the charges of knowing receipt and possession of child pornography.
During the third day of his trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the jury was shown disturbing videos and images that prosecutors allege were downloaded to his work computer in May 2019, The New York Post reported.
James Fottrell, director of the Department of Justice’s High Technology Investigative Unit, said his team had uncovered thumbnails of the content after an in-depth forensic analysis on Duggar’s work computer at Wholesale Motorcars, a used car dealership he once owned.
Fottrell reportedly said that one of the videos involved a three-month-old baby girl being “sexually abused and tortured,” The Post reported.
The notorious video, known as “Daisy’s Destruction,” reported People, showed the baby being stripped naked, posed on a bed, and being tortured with hot wax, the outlet said.
“It’s one of the most offensive videos that I’m familiar with throughout my whole career,” Fottrell said in court, according to the outlet.
In court, Fottrell provided an extensive analysis of when the offensive material was downloaded on Duggar’s work laptop, compared with photos and text messages on Duggar’s iPhone that placed him at the dealership at the time, Buzzfeed News reported.
Fottrell also said that child pornography could only have been downloaded manually. The defense had argued earlier that someone else could have remotely downloaded the material.
The material discovered by investigators included a video titled “14yo Girl Suck and Fuck,” “Pedo Mom” and a set of files called “Marissa.zip,” a widely traded series of child sexual abuse content, Buzzfeed News reported.
Other proof that authorities allege links the 33-year-old to the content was using a common password across a range of accounts, the outlet said.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that years-old child molestation allegations against Duggar could be referenced by prosecutors, reported ABC News.
The allegations include admissions that he molested five young girls in the past, four of whom were his sisters. TLC pulled the reality TV show in 2015 over the claims.
Duggar left the courthouse on Thursday with his wife, Anna, who gave birth to the couple’s seventh child in October.