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Josh Duggar's request to delay child porn trial until 2022 denied

Acting U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes has denied Duggar's request to delay his trial until 2022 but did not oppose waiting until the fall of 2021.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas David Clay Fowlkes has denied Josh Duggar's request to delay his trial until February 2022 so that an independent computer forensic expert can examine the computer he is accused of accessing child porn on. But, Fowlkes has not ruled out delaying Duggar's trial until fall 2021. 

Duggar's trial was initially scheduled to start on July 6, 2021. 

He faces two charges of possessing child porn and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for each charge if convicted.

Homeland Security agents allegedly caught Duggar viewing child pornography on a computer at his used car dealership in Springdale back in 2019.

He was arrested at the end of April 2021 and released to stay with third-party custodians ahead of his trial. He is allowed to visit with his children, but only when his wife is present. 

Credit: Washington County Sheriff's Office
Josh Duggar

During Duggar's first court hearing, a Department of Homeland Security special agent testifying stated that some of the child porn Duggar allegedly viewed was among the worst he has seen in his career. 

In Monday's (June 21) decision to not delay the trial, Fowlkes stated: "WHEREFORE, the United States does not oppose an approximately three (3) month continuance to allow for the defense hired expert to complete a review of the digital evidence, but maintains that the request for a continuance until February of 2022 is unsupported and would result in unnecessary delay."

Duggar's attorneys, Travis Story, Greg Payne and Justin Gelfand, have said their client intends to plead not guilty to the charges. 

Stick with 5NEWS for the latest developments on Duggar's trial. 

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