Josh Duggar’s 12.5 year prison sentence for child pornography conviction extended by nearly 2 months

Josh Duggar’s 12.5-year sentence has been extended by nearly two months, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

The 35-year-old disgraced reality star, who was convicted of child pornography in 2021, originally had a release date of August 12, 2032. Earlier this week, online prison records for Duggar indicated that his release had been delayed until August, December 22, 2032, per Insider. However, the records now list his release date as October 2, 2032.

The sentence extension comes as Duggar is reportedly in solitary confinement, where he was placed after allegedly being caught with a smuggled cell phone last month. The “19 Kids and Counting” alum has served his sentence at FCI Seagoville low-security federal prison near Dallas.

A Duggar attorney and a representative from FCI Seagoville did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Josh Duggar mug shot

Josh Duggar’s release date has been pushed back to October 2, 2032.


A federal jury in Arkansas found Duggar guilty in December 2021 on charges related to the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Last May, he was sentenced to 151 months in prison. Duggar was transferred from Washington County Jail in his home state of Arkansas to FCI Seagoville in Texas last June.


Duggar’s lawyers are trying to overturn his conviction. At a federal appeals hearing in February, they argued that investigators had violated his rights by confiscating the phone he used to call his attorney during the search that found the footage.

Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock, Arkansas police detective discovered that child pornography files were being shared by a computer that was traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that in 2019 child sexual abuse images were downloaded onto a computer at a dealer he owned.

Josh Duggar speaking at conference

Duggar was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison after being convicted of child pornography.

Prosecutors said the computer Duggar used had a monitoring program to report his activities to his wife, Anne Duggarbut the images and video were downloaded after installing separate software that allowed him to download items without being detected.

In addition, prosecutors said Duggar was free to leave the scene and instructed not to talk to officers without an attorney, and he was also with two other people whose cell phones were not seized, indicating that “he was a option to speak to a lawyer”. even though the officers had clearly seized the phone appropriately at the start of their search.

Duggar’s lawyers argued, “What federal agents did is they physically took the phone out of his hand and from then on deprived him of the ability to communicate with his legal counsel, as was his constitutional right.”

Josh Duggar

Duggar’s lawyers are trying to overturn his conviction.

Duggar appeared alongside his father, mother, nine brothers and nine sisters in the TLC reality series ’19 Kids and Counting’ which ran from 2008 to 2015.


Allegations against Duggar date back to 2006, when authorities received a tip from a family friend accusing him of molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. However, the investigation was terminated after it was determined that the statute of limitations had expired for any charges.

The allegations resurfaced in 2015, leading to the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting”. Duggar later apologized for marital infidelity and a porn addiction and sought treatment.

Elizabeth Stanton of Fox News Digital and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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