Born in Arkansas in 1988, Joshua James Duggar is best known as the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who rose to fame as stars of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting. In 2008, he wed Anna Duggar (née Keller) after just over one year of dating. The couple share six children: Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason and Maryella. In April 2021, Anna announced baby No. 7 was on the way.
Josh first became the subject of a scandal in 2015, when a report surfaced that he had molested five underage girls, four of whom were his sisters, between 2002 and 2003 when he was 14 and 15 years old. As a result of the allegations, Josh resigned from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting. He apologized publicly at the time.
Later that year, Josh’s name appeared in a data breach of the dating website Ashley Madison, which caters to users in relationships. In a statement at the time, the Arkansas native admitted to cheating on his wife and claimed that he had a “secret addiction” to “viewing pornography on the internet.” In August 2015, he checked into a six-month rehab program at a faith-based treatment facility.
The eldest Duggar made headlines again in April 2021 when he was arrested for receiving and possessing child pornography. After being taken into custody, he was released on bond and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Two months later, TLC announced the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting spinoff Counting On, which had aired since 2015.
In August 2021, Josh’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him, claiming that prosecutors failed to preserve evidence that could have proved his innocence.