Josh Duggar REFUSED to accept a plea deal in child pornography case as state fights to shut down his dismissal request

JOSH Duggar was offered a plea deal in his child pornography case before he was arrested, as the government is fighting back against his request to dismiss the case.

Josh, 33, was arrested and charged with possessing and receiving child pornography in April 2021. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Court papers exclusively obtained by The Sun reveal he was offered a plea deal in March, weeks before the arrest.

Prosecutors filed a motion in opposition of Josh’s request to “suppress evidence,” which means it can’t be used in court, including all evidence seized from his car lot in November 2019. 

The exhibit attached to the filing includes an email from the government to Josh's lawyer that reveals they were offered a plea deal. 

In a March 12 email to Josh’s attorney, the prosecutor attached the Government's “proposed documents," including the “Plea Agreement” and "Waiver of Indictment," which means he would proceed directly to a plea. 

The email read: “The plea agreement contains a statement of facts, which should be a good summary reference when you are reviewing the discovery material. 

“Significantly, Duggar’s cellular phone-including text messages he sent and pictures he took places him at the car lot on the date/times the child pornography images were downloaded and distributed.”

The prosecutor then sent a “recap” of their meeting at Homeland Security regarding the proposed child pornography plea offer. 

The government showed Josh's legal team the images and video of child pornography allegedly found on his computer. 

The government offered a review of “all the child pornography images discovered during the forensic search,” but that offer was “declined.”

There was no oral agreement as to sentencing.

Josh did not accept the plea deal, as he was charged with two counts of child pornography just weeks later. 

In August, Josh filed a motion to dismiss the case because the investigation allegedly ”proceeded without lawful authority,” as his team claimed the head of Department of Homeland Security was occupied by two people “without lawful authority” at the time.

They also claimed the government did not preserve evidence that could exonerate Josh, including interviews and phone findings from three witnesses. 

The prosecutor asked the court to deny Josh’s request to dismiss the case. 

As The Sun reported, Josh pleaded not guilty to the two child pornography counts. 

Josh requested the court postpone his July trial date “in or after February 2022.”

The trial has been reset to November 30 and has the potential to last until December 3. 

The former 19 Kids and Counting star is currently on home confinement until his trial and is living with third party custodians LaCount and Maria Reber, who are longtime friends of Jim Bob and Michelle. 

Josh is residing in a massive mansion in Elkins, Arkansas with the Reber family. 

The Arkansas judge on the case ordered Josh to wear a GPS ankle monitor.

Josh’s wife Anna, who is pregnant with their seventh child and due in the fall, is standing by her husband and has visited him with their children. 

Josh has unlimited access to his children with Anna present.

The family’s reality show Counting On, which Josh has not appeared on, was canceled in light of the scandal.

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