Jim Bob Duggar sued over Josh Duggar’s assault scandal prior to the trial

Josh Duggar (left) will stand trial in his child pornography case on Tuesday.  A judge has not yet decided whether Jim Bob Duggar (right) will testify.

Josh Duggar (left) will stand trial in his child pornography case on Tuesday. A judge has not yet decided whether Jim Bob Duggar (right) will testify. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jim Bob Duggar testified at a hearing on Monday, a day before son Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial is due to begin. Josh, the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, is charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children under 12 years of age. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors forced Jim Bob to take a stand in Arkansas and answer questions about Josh’s past substance abuse scandal. In 2015, Josh admitted that he touched five girls when he was a teenager. Some of the victims included his sisters.

According to People, Jim Bob, 56, repeatedly claimed he did not remember details of Josh’s hospitalizations. He remembered, however, when his son, now 33, told him about the “inappropriate touch” of minors.

“We were shocked that this had happened, but we were grateful that he came on his own and told us so,” Jim told Bob in court, adding later: “He had told me he had touched some of the girls as they slept on their breasts. … they did not wake up. “

Jim Bob, who is running for a seat in the Arkansas Senate, reportedly took up the issue that the 2006 police report was dug up by the tabloid In touch years later.

“This was something for a young man to come forward,” Jim Bob declared, calling it a “youth journal” and a “sealed case.”

The Duggars starred on TLC’s 19 Children and counting when Josh’s past behavior was published. The reality show was canceled in the middle of the controversy. Josh issued an apology for “error.”

Josh’s defense team moved to rule out the assault scandal from the upcoming trial. The prosecution argues that it should be allowed to help establish a pattern of behavior. Duggar’s family friend Bobye Holt also testified about the abuse scandal at Monday’s hearing. The judge has not yet decided whether both witnesses will testify before the jury.

Josh risks 20 years in prison for each charge, ie 40 years in total, if he is convicted as charged. The trial begins a month after he and his wife, Anna Duggar, welcomed their seventh child together. All their children are 12 years and under. Anna has remained by his side through several scandals, including when he admitted to being unfaithful.

The jury selection begins on Tuesday.

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