We won’t dismiss case over release of documents involving Duggar family members – Federal judge

Josh Duggar legal team has filed a motion to exclude the reality star’s past molestation scandal from his upcoming child sex abuse material trial.

Duggar, 33, has been charged with receiving and possessing child sex abuse material. He pleaded not guilty following his April arrest and was released pending the Nov. 30 trial.

However, the criminal proceeding is not Duggar’s first legal controversy. In May 2015, the 19 Kids and Counting alum apologized for his “wrongdoing” after a 2006 police report revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters Jill, 30, and Jessa, 29, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.

Months later, in August 2015, Gawker reported that the oldest Duggar son appeared to have had active accounts on Ashley Madison, a website created to facilitate cheating on your spouse. He ultimately confessed to having a pornography addiction and cheating on wife Anna Duggar in a statement on the Duggar family website.

The prior child molestation offense is similar to the charged conduct in this case in at least one critical way—both offenses involve minor female victims—which only enhances the relevance and probative value of this proffered evidence,” the document says. “Nor is the prior child molestation conduct so old as to render it unfairly prejudicial in the instant case.”

the prior child molestation offense is similar to the charged conduct in this case in at least one critical way—both offenses involve minor female victims—which only enhances the relevance and probative value of this proffered evidence,” the document says. “Nor is the prior child molestation conduct so old as to render it unfairly prejudicial in the instant case.” 

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