JOSH Duggar’s wife Anna and their seven young children have returned to living in a rundown warehouse on the family property after he was convicted of child pornography.
Josh, 33, was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography on December 9 after a nearly two-week trial.
He was immediately taken into custody at Washington County Jail, where he was placed in solitary confinement away from other prisoners for his safety until his sentencing next year.
The Sun can exclusively reveal that while Josh is in jail, his wife Anna, 33, and their seven kids are living in a rundown warehouse on Jim Bob and Michelle’s Arkansas compound.
A source told The Sun: “The night of the sentencing the lights were on at the warehouse. The SUV parked right outside was the car Anna left court in.”
Josh’s address listed in his jail records also matches the lot owned by Jim Bob and Michelle that the warehouse sits on.
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STAYING WITH JOSH
The Sun previously reported Anna had moved into the home of Josh’s guardians, LaCount and Maria Reber while awaiting trial.
A source told The Sun at the time: "Anna is spending most of her time with Josh at the Rebers, and her family has stepped in to help raise all their kids.
"She takes them to visit him or they are looked after while she's there alone, despite what he's been charged with she refuses to believe he's guilty.
"Anna has pretty much moved in.”
The Rebers, who are friends of Jim Bob’s, live in a stunning mansion in Elkins, Arkansas featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The home provided privacy for Josh, as a long gravel driveway led from the main road to the abode.
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The Sun reported in 2020 that Josh, Anna and their children were living in the small home.
On Season 9, Episode 5 of Counting On, the Duggar children set up a pop-up bridal shop for John David’s then-fiancee Abbie in a “guest home” on the property.
The outside and inside of the warehouse from the episode matched Anna’s Instagram photos.
The inside features wood molding, beige walls, hardwood floors, granite kitchen countertops, wood cabinets and more for a homey feel.
Josh and Anna’s tight financial living situation came years after his scandals broke.
JOSH'S MOLESTATION SCANDAL
Josh’s molestation scandal broke in 2015, resulting in the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.
According to a 2006 police report, which Arkansas police later destroyed, Jim Bob first told cops in 2002 that Josh had molested young victims while they were asleep in the Duggar family home.
His younger sisters Jill and Jessa later came forward as two of the victims.
Later that same year, he admitted to having an extra-marital affair after reports that he had subscribed to the Ashley Madison affair website.
Josh resigned from his position and did not film for the family’s spinoff Counting On.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARREST & TRIAL
He then went on to own Arkansas car lot Wholesale Motorcars.
In 2019, Homeland Security raided his now-shuttered used car dealership in Springdale, Arkansas for an “ongoing federal investigation.”
He was arrested and charged with possessing and receiving child pornography in April 2021.
Among the most shocking revelations at the trial was the testimony from Josh's ex-girlfriend's mother, Bobye Holt, who broke down in tears and claimed in court that he once confessed to molesting a 5-year-old girl when he was a teen.
Bobye told the jury that she visited the Duggar's home when Josh was 15, and at that time he confessed to touching the 5-year-old girl inappropriately.
"We have been friends with the Duggars for 36 years. Our children were best friends," she told the courtroom.
"Our oldest was Josh's girlfriend in November of 2002. It was formal. They were 14."
Bobye continued: "On March 23, 2003, Mr. Duggar asked us to come over for an important matter.
"They took us to their bedroom. Josh was on the floor."
According to Bobye, Josh admitted to inappropriately touching several girls when he was "12 to 15 years old."
Bobye alleged the youngest girl was 5-years-old and her molestation occurred during bible time.
The family friend then broke down in tears, as she revealed horrifying details of the molestation confession The Sun has chosen not to include in this post.
She then testified that the plan was for her daughter and Josh to "get married," but the parents decided to call off the courtship after learning of the alleged sexual abuse.
She explained: "He told us so our oldest daughter would know why the relationship had to end.
"Josh went to a facility for troubled youth."
The prosecution was also able to prove Josh was at the car lot when child pornography was downloaded through texts, photos and GPS tracking.
Many members of the Duggar family sat in on the trial, offering support to their fallen relative.
Siblings Jana, Jason, Joy-Anna, her husband Austin Forsyth, Justin, his wife Claire, Jessa, Jill and her husband Derick Dillard, along with father Jim Bob, were all present at some point.
Though Josh didn’t cry after hearing the guilty verdict, Josh was “teary-eyed” and “solemn" when handcuffed, according to The Sun's reporter at the scene.
The ex Counting On alum was cuffed immediately and taken away.
He stopped to tell his wife Anna that he “loved” her on his way out.
He faces up to 20 years in prison on each count and is awaiting sentencing.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
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