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Josh Duggar’s computer had porn detection software that sent reports to wife: officials

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/6/2021 Nelson Oliveira

Federal agents investigating Josh Duggar’s child porn case discovered a software program on his computer that monitored internet usage and sent reports to his wife, prosecutors told an Arkansas court during a hearing Wednesday.

The former star of the reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” who was set to be released on bond Thursday, was arrested last week after the Justice Department accused him of downloading “child sexual abuse material” on his computer. Investigators said they found the materials on a part of the computer’s hard drive that was not monitored by the so-called porn detection program, People magazine reported.

The program, called Covenant Eyes, “periodically captures screenshots” of a person’s computer activity and analyzes them for “explicit imagery” using artificial intelligence, according to the company’s website. A report on any “concerning activity” is then sent to the user or an “ally,” the company says.

Duggar, 33, denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to both federal charges —receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.

Josh Duggar looking at the camera: This photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. © Provided by New York Daily News This photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar.

This photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar.

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The eldest child of the Duggar family, whose life was featured on the popular TCL reality series from 2008 to 2015, appeared in a virtual court hearing Wednesday to ask a judge to release him on bail. He argued in court papers that he has no criminal convictions, voluntary surrendered when he learned of his charges and does not pose a flight risk because of his widely recognizable face.”

The judge granted the request but said Duggar would have to stay with “close friends” instead of his family. He is also not allowed to stay anywhere where children live or have access to any internet-capable device, the judge ruled.

Duggar’s wife, Anna, is pregnant with the couple’s seventh children. The other six kids range in age from 1 to 11.

The suspect was previously accused of inappropriately touching five underage girls, though he was never charged for those alleged incidents. In 2015, he apologized for his “wrongdoing” after a 2006 police revealed he had been investigated over those allegations. Two of the accusers were his own sisters.

A trial is tentatively scheduled for July 6.

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