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Duggar’s trial focuses on the computer on which child porn was discovered

Duggar's trial focuses on the computer on which child porn was discovered

FIETTVILLE, Arkansas. The computer that Josh Duggar used at work contained child pornography behind a section that allowed the user to bypass an app that tracked Internet usage, and metadata indicated that images were downloaded while the former reality TV star was at work, forensics experts attest.

Duggar, 33, is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography and, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. His federal trial began this week in northwest Arkansas.

Duggar’s defense lawyers argued that someone else had downloaded or placed child pornography on his work computer, noting that no child pornography was found on Duggar’s phone or laptop.

But the federal attorney’s office has detailed logs that show minute by minute activity on Duggar’s computer, which alternated between sending private messages, downloading child pornography, and saving photographs of notes.

Justice Department computer expert James Fottrell revealed Thursday that the open-source Linux operating system and an encryption-capable browser were installed behind a partition on the dealership’s desktop computer.

According to experts, this section essentially divided the computer’s hard drive into a public, business-related one that included a tracking program, and a secret second side that used Linux and a browser.

This allowed anyone who used a computer to evade the established accountability program to report inappropriate online activities, such as searching for pornography, to Duggar’s wife.

Fottrell testified that sexually explicit pictures and videos of children were found on the Linux side of the computer, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

On Friday, Fottrell provided information from Duggar’s iPhone backup taken on a MacBook Pro laptop that put the phone in a parking lot with the exact dates and times when the illegal material was downloaded, accessed, and published on the dealership’s desktop computer. Reported by KNWA-TV in Fayetteville.

James Follett, a senior forensic analyst with the US Department of Homeland Security, testified on Friday that a receipt for a car with Josh’s name, where child pornography was uploaded, was found behind a partition where child pornography was uploaded, Democrat-Gazette reported. And the password to access the hidden partition was a type of password that Duggar had used on other devices for at least five years.

In April, Duggar was indicted on TLC’s show 19 Kids and Counting. According to prosecutors, child pornography was downloaded onto a computer in May 2019.

In 2015, TLC canceled the reality show due to Duggar molesting four of his sisters and a nanny. Duggar’s parents said that he confessed to affection and apologized. US District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled earlier this week that a jury could hear details of the violence in a child pornography trial.

In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his addiction to pornography and cheating on his wife, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite in the world.”

Duggar’s trial begins when his father, Jim Bob Duggar, is running for early elections for the vacant state Senate seat in northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar has also featured prominently on TLC shows and previously worked at Arkansas House. The primary elections for the open seat will take place on 14 December.

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