Josh Duggar is free on bail in his youngster pornography case — in the future after Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner known as the unlawful downloads on the father of six’s laptop the “worst of the worst.”
Faulkner, who’s investigated over 1,000 youngster exploitation instances in the final 11 years, testified at Duggar’s detention listening to about the November 2019 raid at 33-year-old Duggar’s Springdale, Ark., used automotive lot and forensic evaluation of the recovered gadgets: an HP desktop, a MacBook laptop computer and iPhone. He mentioned there have been greater than 200 photographs depicting youngster pornography in Wholesale Motors workplace on the desktop, a laptop that featured a screensaver exhibiting Josh, his spouse Anna and their children. The former star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting has pleaded not responsible to expenses of receiving and possessing materials depicting the sexual abuse of kids, which have him going through as much as 40 years in jail.
During testimony, Faulkner shared a timeline of the interval from May 13 to 16 of the identical yr, when the youngster porn downloads allegedly occurred.
May 13: Faulkner says a Linux Partition is put in on the desktop. The partition divides the exhausting drive into principally two computer systems in a single, with a hidden, password-protected space. Also, a Tor browser — which is a particular browser used to go looking the darkish net anonymously — is put in on the partition, or hidden, half of the laptop.
On the desktop — in addition to the laptop computer — Duggar has an app known as Covenant Eyes, which is used to assist somebody “give up porn” by reporting any visits to porn websites to an accountability associate. Anna, who’s pregnant with the couple’s seventh youngster, will get the experiences. Faulkner says the app is unable to detect any laptop utilization in the hidden partition aspect of the laptop.
May 14: Duggar’s iPhone knowledge exhibits he took pictures in the automotive lot and workplace at round four p.m. Soon after, the new hidden partition and darkish net browser are used to “entry porn websites related to rape and recordsdata related to youngster pornography,” with recordsdata being downloaded. Bit-Torrent web sites, which permit peer-to-peer file sharing, a frequent method of sharing youngster porn recordsdata, are visited and movies downloaded to the desktop laptop. This goes on till virtually 6 p.m. — with Duggar messaging somebody round that point saying he is nonetheless at the automotive lot and pictures on his cellphone placing him there.
Meanwhile, at 5:42 p.m. a police officer from Little Rock, Ark, who’s monitoring on-line youngster porn exercise, detects a video in Duggar’s alleged peer-to-peer file sharing. It’s roughly two minutes and depicts two prepubescent females, roughly 7 to 9 years of age, being sexually abused by an grownup male. The officer is ready to decide the IP tackle of the laptop on which the video was shared.
May 15: Dugger’s iPhone is used to message somebody to say he is at his automotive lot. Minutes later, an “About Tor” web site is bookmarked on the desktop. At 11:35 a.m, the desktop person downloads three torrent movies related to youngster porn. Later in the day, Duggar sends a textual content saying he’ll be at the lot till 6 p.m. At 5:20 p.m., the desktop person once more accesses youngster porn web sites, downloading a number of recordsdata. Ten minutes later, the identical laptop is used to verify HomeAdvisor.com, inputting the person title “Joshua,” and to go away a evaluate on web site for a native enterprise. After that, extra recordsdata are downloaded, together with Marissa.zip. Duggar’s cellphone is used round that point to say he was nonetheless at the automotive lot.
For the second day in a row, the Little Rock police investigator detects youngster porn downloads, particularly a file that comprises 65 photographs of a nude, prepubescent feminine, between 7 and 9 years outdated, “many of which have been per youngster pornography. Again, the officer can see the IP tackle of the community that downloaded the file.
May 16: The person of the HP laptop downloads one other youngster porn file at about 11:20 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, Duggar’s cellphone is used to take a image of one thing on the desk, once more placing him in the neighborhood of the laptop a the time.
After that, the Little Rock officer handed over the info to Homeland Security Investigations’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division. Faulkner joined the case in June and summons the Internet service supplier for the IP tackle to get the contact info of the person. In October, the firm supplied the contact info, which belonged to Duggar.
A search warrant of Duggar’s enterprise was executed on Nov. 8. Agents spoke with Duggar, saying he requested them at one level, earlier than they revealed what they have been trying to find, “What is that this about? Has somebody been downloading youngster pornography?” Faulkner mentioned Duggar, who was not arrested throughout the raid, mentioned he owned the HP desktop in addition to the laptop computer and cellphone. He mentioned he was aware of peer-to-peer file sharing networks and acknowledged that his gadgets “probably” had them — in addition to the darkish net browser on it. He declined to supply laptop passwords, however the brokers took the three gadgets for forensics evaluation.
Faulkner mentioned the first forensic report got here again in March 2020 and “roughly over 200 photographs” have been “flagged as youngster sexual abuse materials, involving bare minors participating in sexual exercise.” Many have been situated” on “unallocated area” on Duggar’s laptop — which means they have been deleted however remained on the exhausting drive.
Further, “Multiple youngster pornography recordsdata have been present in a lately considered folder” and had been “considered” on the desktop,” Faulkner continued.
Among the downloads was a collection depicting the sexual abuse of kids aged 18 months to 12 years, Faulkner mentioned, including, In 11 years of doing this and the 1000’s and 1000’s of youngster pornography photographs and movies I’ve had sadly to see, the collection ranks in the high 5 of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever needed to study.”
Faulkner mentioned the forensic examination additionally decided that the password for the hidden half of the laptop was one typically utilized by Duggar. The password, which led to Duggar’s start yr, is the identical he used for on-line banking, utility invoice websites and the Duggar household social media accounts.
The final forensics report was given to the brokers in February 2021 after which Duggar was arrested on April 29.
At Wednesday’s listening to, Judge Christy Comstock talked about “how severe these expenses are,” particularly as a result of the nature of the crime and the way the kids in the pornography are”near the ages of your kids.” However, she nonetheless allowed him to be free on bail, with “limitless” visits together with his kids so long as Anna was current. He resides with third-party custodians, a pastor and his spouse. He additionally has digital monitoring and is banned from utilizing the web or porn.
Duggar is not any stranger to scandal. His household’s actuality present was canceled in 2015 after allegations surfaced that — years earlier when he was a teen in 2002 and 2003 — he molested 5 younger women, together with some of his sisters. At the time, he publicly apologized for having “acted inexcusably.”
Later that yr, the web site Ashley Madison, a firm serving to to enabling extramarital affairs, was hacked and he was reported amongst the customers. He publicly apologized to Anna saying he was “the greatest hypocrite ever.”
His jury trial is scheduled to start July 6 with a pre-trial convention on July 1.
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