Josh Duggar Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

Josh Duggar has been indicted on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography
Josh Duggar (mugshot via Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Just when I thought I’d never see Josh Duggar’s name again.

From NBC Washington:

Josh Duggar, the former reality TV star from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” has been charged by indictment in Arkansas for receipt and possession of child pornography.

A release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Arkansas stated Duggar “allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material.”

“One stipulation Judge Wiedermann requested is for Duggar to have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond,” KNWA, a local news broadcaster in Northwest Arkansas, reported. “Also, the residence where he would stay must be devoid of minor children.”

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.

Note: Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna, have six children and are currently expecting their seventh.

“19 Kids and Counting” was cancelled in 2015 amid the revelations that Josh had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter.

Duggar issued a public statement at the time apologizing, but he wasn’t done yet.

A year later internet sleuths discovered he had an Ashley Madison account where folks apparently hook up for sex while cheating on their spouses.

And this was all while he espoused holier-than-thou Christian platitudes.

Star Of Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ Accused Of Encouraging Minor To Produce Sexually Explicit Material

Jerry Harris (image via Instagram)

Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, who rose to fame on the Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” has been accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a lawsuit filed this week by attorneys representing two alleged victims.

From CNN:

The lawsuit alleges that Harris “exploited his popularity and position of fame with young male cheer athletes” in the time “leading up to, during, and following the distribution of the ‘Cheer’ docuseries.”

The two alleged male victims, now 14, were 13 when the inappropriate behavior began, according to the claim.

Among the allegations are that Harris exchanged messages with the minors that were “sexual in nature” via social media, including requests for “explicit” photographs and sending “sexually explicit photos and videos of himself to Plaintiffs,” the lawsuit said.

Hours later, CNN filed a new report that Harris has been arrested and charged with “enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The minor involved in the complaint was reportedly 13 at the time.

An attorney for Harris said he will seek his client’s release due to the 21-year-old being asthmatic and at risk for Covid-19.

A spokesperson for Harris told CNN at the time, “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

Harris is one of several students who found national fame thanks to “Cheer” which debuted in January 2020. The docuseries chronicles the journey of a cheerleading team from a small college in Corsicana, Texas, on their way to national competition.

The series was recently honored with two Emmy Awards and is nominated for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program at Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Pennsylvania: GOP Lawmaker Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

UPDATE: Mike Folmer has resigned from the Pennsylvania state Senate as a result of his child pornography charges.

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The Washington Post is reporting conservative Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer has been charged with possession of child pornography.

The charges against Folmer include sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.

The married grandfather of seven was caught as the result of a tip that popular blogging site Tumblr found that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using its application, officials said.

They said the tip eventually led investigators to Folmer’s home in Lebanon, Pa., where they executed a search warrant and found child pornography images on his cellphone.

Folmer told the police that he received the images via his Tumblr account and that he was experiencing some ‘personal problems.’

Gov. Tom Wolf has called for Folmer’s immediate resignation.

It will come as no surprise that Folmer has often voted against LGBTQ protections or rights during his time in office because, you know, Jesus.

In 2008, he was a sponsor of Pennsylvania’s “Marriage Protection Act;’ in 2016, he blocked the Pennsylvania Fairness Act saying he didn’t see any ‘urgency’ to passing the legislation; and in 2018, he blocked that same legislation again.

Former GLEE Star Mark Salling Agrees To Plead Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

Mark Calling agrees to plead guilty to child pornography charges
(image via Flickr – Kristin Dos Santos)

Former GLEE star Mark Salling is facing 48 to 84 months in prison after agreeing to plead guilty on charges of possession of child pornography.

From Billboard:

Under the plea deal, Salling will register as a sex offender and participate in counseling or psychiatric treatment.

Salling admitted to using the Internet over several months in 2015 to download thousands of images of child pornography. Investigators executed a search warrant on Dec. 26, 2015 and found about 25,000 still images and 600 videos of child pornography and 29,000 images of child erotica.

Salling will pay $50,000 to each victim seeking restitution and also agreed not to have any communication with any person under the age of 18 unless the legal guardian is present or has been notified of this conviction. (This doesn’t include waiters, cashiers or other vendors that he’d encounter in public.)

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 48 to 84 months imprisonment followed by 20 years of supervised release and a fine in an amount to be determined by the court.