Which Duggars support Josh & who cut all ties with disgraced star ahead of his sentencing on child pornography charges

Which Duggars support Josh & who cut all ties with disgraced star ahead of his sentencing on child pornography charges

JOSH Duggar's family has been divided in their support and condemnation of the disgraced reality star.

And as they prepare for Josh's prison sentence for possessing and receiving child pornography, here is the family's stance on the 34-year-old father of seven.



Josh, 34, was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography on December 9 and will be sentenced for the crimes on May 25. 

While prosecutors are demanding Judge Timothy L. Brooks sentence the disgraced star to 20 years in prison, Josh’s legal team is begging for just five years behind bars. 

The Sun can exclusively reveal Anna, 33, and Michelle, 55, were the only immediate family members to write letters to the judge. 

In Anna’s letter, she describes her husband of 13 years and father of her seven children as “considerate, respectful, quick to forgive, patient and genuinely the kindest person.”

Her letter read: “Joshua has worked hard to provide for me and our (now) seven children. But the happiest part of the day by far is when Daddy comes home from work, and his cheerful voice fills the house. ‘Hey, guys! How's it going? What did you learn about in school today?’ are usually the conversation starters in between greeting each of our children. 

“Joshua is an engaged dad who gladly throws a football with his sons, listens to our daughters play a new song they have learned on the piano, helps answer homework questions, or lends a hand sweeping up spilled crackers. 

“He is a kind, loving, supportive, and caring father and husband—his primary focus in life. My children and I rely on Joshua for financial, emotional, and physical support. Many others depend on Joshua, too. 


Mom Michelle said in her letter that Josh has “friends and family who love and support him in his abilities to succeed as a husband, father and business owner, and man both now and in the future!”

She said her son has a “tender heart” and is “compassionate towards others.”

Her letter continued: “Joshua is a loving and patient man, striving to be a blessing and provide for his family! He has also spent quality time with his wife and children learning life skills together and going on family outings.

“Side by side, Joshua and his family have built forts, learned how to work on bicycles and other vehicles, gone camping, hiking, fished and played countless games and sports – together!”

The mother of 19 ended the letter: “As I look to his return, I stand ready to offer my continued love and encouragement to Joshua and his family and for their success in the future – together! We ask that he would be reunited with his wife and family in a timely manner.”

Other letters include Anna’s father and family, Duggar neighbors, LaCount Reber, who allowed Josh to stay in his home while on house arrest, a pastor and more. 

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Josh's sister Jinger and her husband Jeremy slammed his 'horrific' crimesCredit: Instagram/jingervuolo
Jinger and Jeremy branded Josh's crimes as a 'horrific evil'

After Josh was found guilty, his younger sister Jinger slammed his behavior and called his crimes a "horrific evil."

"We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. We are also saddened for Josh's family, his wife and precious children," she wrote in a lengthy statement.

"We are saddened for the dishonor this has brought upon Christ's name. Josh claims to be a Christian."

Jinger then praised the jury for their decision to convict her brother.

"Yet, amidst our sadness, there is gratitude. We are grateful that God is a God of justice who cares for the innocent and the helpless. And, of all the people in this world, he especially loves children, who are among the most vulnerable," she continued.

"This reality makes the existence of sex trafficking and child abuse one of the most horrific evils imaginable. It is an evil God hates."


Josh's sister Jill and her husband Derick Dillard both condemned the disgraced reality star after a jury found him guilty.

They said in a statement: "Nobody is above the law.  It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor.  

"Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself. Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions."

They added: "Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future.  

"This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long road ahead."


Josh's cousin Amy has repeatedly spoken out against him since he was arrested.

Earlier this month, she demanded he get the maximum prison sentence of 20 years for his "sick" child pornography crimes.

The 35-year-old wrote on Instagram: "Please do not send me the graphic/sick details of Josh Duggar's case.

"Honestly I have to protect my mind and my heart from hearing/reading such disgusting material.

"Please let me remind you to be careful if you are interested in knowing the graphic details to protect your mind and heart also. You'll just never be the same.

"Please just pray that Josh Duggar will be given the ultimate sentence. 20 plus years."

She also urged Josh's wife Anna to get a divorce and "stop protecting him and his secrets".

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"I need you to understand that there is no shame in divorcing Josh," Amy said.

"Someday your kids will be old enough to understand what kind of guy their father really is. You can’t protect them from the truth for forever!"

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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