Feds say Josh Duggar's 'blame tactics' have worked among loved ones, but it's 'unbelievable' he will seek treatment and accountability

Feds say Josh Duggar’s ‘blame tactics’ have worked among loved ones, but it’s ‘unbelievable’ he will seek treatment and accountability

  • Federal prosecutors complained in a lawsuit that Josh Duggar uses “blame tactics” and portrays himself as a victim.
  • Duggar is due to be sentenced next week for child pornography.
  • Several friends and relatives wrote letters to the judge asking for a reduced sentence.

Federal prosecutors said in a lawsuit this week that former reality TV star Josh Duggar apparently convinced his friends and family that he was a “victim” and would therefore never be held accountable enough to seek treatment for his “sexual orientation.” towards girls of puberty.

Duggar was convicted last December of receiving and possessing child pornography after a week-long jury trial. Duggar has maintained his innocence, and last week filed a sentencing note asking for the lightest possible sentence: five years in prison.

As part of that sentencing note, Duggar submitted 10 letters from his relatives, close friends, and members of his church community, all of whom praised Duggar’s character and requested that he be given a reduced sentence. It is usual for defendants in criminal proceedings to collect letters of support prior to sentencing hearings.

But prosecutors said the letters showed a worrying lack of acknowledgment of the crimes for which Duggar was convicted, noting that none of them “meaningfully addressed” Duggar’s crimes “or his sexual orientation toward prepubescent girls.”

Prosecutors added that some letter writers believed Duggar was a victim, calling his conviction an “unfortunate accident.” Prosecutors said that none of the letter writers appeared to support Duggar in seeking treatment or helping prevent him from re-offending in the future.

“In the absence of some acknowledgment from Duggar of his crimes and his need to address his clear and longstanding sexual interest in children, it is unlikely that his conviction would be seen as anything other than evidence that he needed to be more careful and discreet in dealing with children. Next time he engages in child sexual abuse behavior,” prosecutors wrote.

They continued, “It is also highly unlikely that he will receive the treatment and accountability needed to prevent him from recidivism if he maintains this position. Indeed, given the apparent success of his blaming tactics with some individuals who intend to surround himself after his release from prison, it is not unlikely that Only – it’s unimaginable.”

Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar is seen in his custody photo after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Washington County, Arkansas

Among the people who wrote letters on Duggar’s behalf were his wife, Anna, and his mother, Michelle. Laconte Reaper, the pastor and family friend who allowed Duggar to stay at his family home while awaiting trial, also provided a letter praising Duggar’s help around his house.

Several letters describe Duggar as a generous and merciful friend and neighbor, and a devout, devout man, who often volunteered his time, money, and energy to help those in need.

Several letter writers, including Anna Duggar and Michel Duggar, have written about how Duggar financially supported the widow of a man who died of cancer. Another letter writer described how Duggar loaned him his personal mobile home for two months so he could drive 12,000 miles on the ministry trip.

Another letter writer described how Duggar drove to a friend’s house at 3 a.m. to deliver much-needed antidiarrheal medication amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duggar’s lawyers used the letters – as well as details of Duggar’s upbringing and public facing life as a former real-life television star – to tell the judge that Duggar has in the past suffered from massive public scrutiny. Prosecutors disagree, saying that these specific reasons made Duggar’s crimes worse.

“Indeed, his supportive family and distinguished public-facing lifestyle make his pattern of criminal behavior very bewildering,” prosecutors wrote. “Although he achieved some notoriety through reality TV as an adult, at this point he is known for his behavior outside of his family’s show, including his sexual offenses and criminal sexual behaviour.”

Duggar is due to be sentenced on May 25. In their sentencing memorandum last week, prosecutors demanded Duggar’s 20-year prison sentence.

2022-05-20 05:31:57

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