Josh Duggar’s sister Jessa Seewald spoke out about his arrest on child pornography charges, claiming her Christian religion stands against abuse.
“We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh,” read a statement posted to Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald’s Instagram Stories. “As Christians, we stand against any form of pornography or abuse and we desire for the truth to be exposed, whatever that may be. Our prayers are with their family as they walk through this difficult time.”
Jessa, 28, is the fifth oldest Duggar sibling, all of whom starred on the family’s former TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting (which aired from 2008 to 2015) about their conservative Baptist upbringing. The show was scrapped when Josh, now 33, admitted to sexually assaulting underage girls, including four of his sisters, with Jessa and Jill Dillard, 29, identifying themselves as victims.
On Thursday, Josh, the son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas, where he lives with his wife Anna Duggar and their six children. According to the state’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, in May 2019, Josh downloaded online material that showed the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12. Josh was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, to which he pled not guilty.