Federal investigators said they discovered software on Josh Duggar’s computer that monitored internet usage and reported it to his wife, Anna.
The findings were detailed during the unsightly TLC hearing on Wednesday where Arkansas Judge Christy Comstock said Duggar had been released on bail and would not have to sit in a jail cell until ‘at his trial in his federal child pornography case.
During the four-hour hearing, Federal Agent Gerald Faulkner said a monitoring program that sent reports to Duggar’s wife about his activity was installed on the computer, but the footage and the videos had been downloaded after installing the software that allowed him to download them. without being watched.
Faulkner also said that several child pornography files were found on the computer and more than 200 images were found on the computer that was deleted.
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He said the uploaded images were among the “five worst worst I’ve ever had to review.”
According to People, the program used is called Covenant Eyes. According to the software company’s website, the program is “liability software” that is “safe, secure and effective in helping members overcome pornography addiction.”
Judge Christy Comstock ordered Duggar, 33, to be confined to the home of family friends who agreed to be his guardian upon his release and barred Duggar from accessing any internet accessible device awaiting trial on July 6 for child pornography.
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Duggar was indicted Friday on federal child pornography charges, a day after U.S. Marshals arrested him. He pleaded not guilty.
“I have every confidence in the United States Marshal Service to find you if you decide not to comply with these release conditions, so don’t make me regret that decision,” Comstock said after a four-hour Zoom hearing.
“You won’t, your honor, thank you very much,” Duggar replied.
The judge also spoke about Duggar’s technicality that she took into account in her decision.
“With regard to technology, I have explored surveillance software, but frankly, the sophistication of the evidence that I have heard here today concerns me that we do not have enough technology to ensure your compliance. At least we don’t have the nice right, ”the judge said. “Therefore, you must not have access to, use any Internet enabled device, including computers, tablets, iPads, smartphones, gaming systems, smart TVs for which you are specifically ordered not to request or obtain passwords. “
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If any of the conditions are not met, an additional prison sentence of up to 10 years may be imposed.
Duggar starred in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until he was taken off the network in 2015 following revelations that Duggar assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the hugs and apologized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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