Jana Duggar has been accused of endangering the well-being of a child in Arkansas — and the news comes just a day after her brother Josh was found guilty of child pornography charges.
The 19 Kids and Counting reality TV star, 31, has been charged with a misdemeanor, an Elms Springs District employee confirmed to DailyMail.com Friday.
The local county clerk said Duggar was cited on September 9, 2021 but said she was not free to determine whether the charge was linked to Josh.
Jana entered into a plea bargain and is expected to appear in Washington County Court on January 10, the writer said. This 31-year-old has no children and is the eldest of Duggar’s unmarried children.
If convicted, she could face 30 to 90 days in prison behind bars or fines.
The news comes a day after her brother Josh, 33, was found guilty of downloading a vile collection of “the worst of the worst” in child porn.
He was charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Jana Duggar, 31, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in Arkansas
Jana entered into a plea bargain for the misdemeanor charge she was cited on September 9 (Pictured: Jason Duggar and Jana Duggar leave court after attending to their brother Josh Duggar’s child pornography accusations)
News of Jana’s child endangerment accusation comes a day after her brother Josh Duggar was found guilty of two counts of child pornography (Pictured: The Duggar family Christmas card)
Jana was seen attending her brother’s trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday. The Sun reported that she appeared in “high spirits laughing and mingling with family during breaks, including Josh”.
Jana is the second child and first daughter of Jim and Michelle Duggar. The 31-year-old still lives with her parents and several younger siblings.
The family still lives in the compound where Counting On was filmed for 11 seasons starting in 2015.
Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar faces decades in prison after being found guilty of child pornography charges.
Jurors deliberated for six hours before returning convictions for possession of child pornography and receiving child pornography, both of which carry 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Duggar, 33, looked anxiously at his wife Anna and dad Jim Bob, but showed little emotion as each individual juror was asked to reconfirm their decision.
A week-long federal trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas, heard how Duggar used his great technical skills to search the dark web for videos of young girls being tortured, humiliated and mistreated.
The Duggars rose to fame after showing their reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting in 2008
TLC’s premiere kicked off with several spin-offs featuring different family members
Josh Duggar smiles at his custody photo after being found guilty of child pornography charges in federal court in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Josh Duggar, 33 (pictured with his wife Anna on Thursday) was found guilty of two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography
Duggar made headlines in 2015 when police reports surfaced that he molested four of his younger sisters when he was 12. His parents said he admitted to foreplay and apologized.
On Monday, jurors heard testimony from a family friend who said Duggar told her about the violations.
Statement by Jim Pope and Michelle: Statement regarding the conviction of Joshua Duggar
This entire ordeal was extremely painful. Today, God’s grace has supported us, through the love and prayers of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone who has been harmed through CSAM.
In the coming days, we will do everything we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support. As parents, we will never stop praying for and love Joshua, as we all do our children. In every situation of life, we place our trust in God. It is our strength and our refuge. Thank you for your prayers.’
Judge Timothy Brooks remanded Duggar under a mandatory rule based on the seriousness of his crimes and said he would have to wait about four months to be sentenced.
Defense attorney Justin Gelfand, speaking out of court, announced immediate plans to appeal.
“We respect the jury’s rulings and look forward to continuing this fight,” he said. “We plan to resume in due course.”
David Clay Foulkes, acting US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, told reporters: “This case marks a milestone for the Western District of Arkansas in our ongoing efforts to combat child abuse.
And those who would say that the children who were videotaped in a manner similar to the evidence in this case were not abused and were not victims, are clearly wrong.
Children who are filmed and videotaped in a way like this are the victims and every time their videos and photos are circulated online, uploaded and downloaded from the internet, they fall victim again, every time that happens.
It was also revealed that Josh Duggar tried to find Daisy’s Destruction, the video most famous in the world as being part of his misrepresentation.
The mutilated film depicts an 18-month-old baby being hung upside down, beaten, and tortured in what law enforcement widely considers the most gruesome example yet of “influencers” – a sub-genre of child pornography where perverts descent. Seeing children in pain.
The investigators reportedly broke down in tears and could not believe their eyes when they found the video.