Josh Duggar threw a gender reveal party with his sisters right before he was arrested for child porn


Josh Duggar, his wife, and his children celebrating the assumed sex of Duggar's seventh child

Josh Duggar, his wife, and his children celebrating the assumed sex of Duggar’s seventh childPhoto: Screenshot/Twitter

Josh Duggar, a former reality television star and avowed anti-LGBTQ activist, was arrested last week on federal child pornography charges.

But just days before, he and his pregnant wife, Anna, threw a gender reveal party for their upcoming seventh child. Josh’s siblings and several of their children attended. Duggar has previously admitted to sexually abusing one of his sisters.

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Anna posted to Instagram that their family has welcomed “9 girl cousins in a row, and we are adding one more this fall.” She included a picture of the nine young girls, lined up next to one another.

Anna also wondered if Jessa Duggar Seewald will be “having a boy or girl.” Jessa was one of the siblings who Josh admitted to abusing, and she has co-starred in her own spin-off ever since TLC cancelled the Duggar family’s 19 Kids & Counting show due to Josh’s past abuse. She announced her pregnancy for her fourth child in February.

According to tabloid site Radar Online, at least four of his 19 siblings were in attendance. None of the family was aware of the pending arrest when the event took place.

Anna has since limited comments on her Instagram page, as have many other Instagram pages belonging to the Duggar family.

The couple is expecting a girl. They shared video on Twitter of pink confetti falling out of an umbrella that Josh is holding, while their children run around them.

Duggar was arrested and charged with possessing and receiving child pornography on April 30. The 33-year-old was apprehended in Arkansas yesterday afternoon and is currently being held without bond.

The former “family values” reality show star allegedly downloaded images, “some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019,” according to charging documents. His home and car was first reportedly raided by federal officials in November 2019.

He faces 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for each count. He pled not guilty.

Accusations that he had molested his younger sisters had previously cost Duggar his job with the Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBTQ hate group, in 2015.

Duggar rose to fame on the hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. He’s the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children and now, at age 33, he already has six children of his own.

He cashed in on his fame from the show and became the executive director of FRC Action, a PAC run by the SPLC-designated anti-LGBTQ hate group. He appeared at rallies to oppose marriage equality across the country and was a public face for the organization.

In 2013, while working at FRC, he said that his lesbian aunt “chooses” to live a lesbian “lifestyle.” The next year he said that LGBTQ rights threaten children. His mother recorded a robocall at the time that said that anti-discrimination measures let “child predators” threaten “the safety and innocence of a child.”

But in 2015, accusations that she and her husband helped cover up their son Josh’s alleged sexual abuse of his little sisters came to light.

Duggar was forced to resign from FRC Action and TLC canceled the family’s show soon after, and more revelations came out about how his parents thought Christian counseling was enough to reform him.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar said in a statement at the time.

“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

The officer who he and his father talked to allegedly only gave him a “stern talk” and didn’t investigate further. That same state trooper was later himself arrested on unrelated child pornography charges and sentenced to 56 years in prison.

Gender reveal parties are events organized for expectant parents where a stunt – usually cutting into a cake to reveal pink or blue, but often more elaborate and deadly – “reveals” the fetus’s sex that will be assigned at birth.

They have already resulted in dead fathers, dead grandmothers, multiple plane crashes, a 47,000-acre wildfire in Arizona in 2018 as people try to get impressive photos and videos to share on social media, and last summer’s largest wildfire in California, which killed a firefighter.

In February, a cannon-like device used for a gender reveal at a party exploded, damaging multiple cars in its vicinity and hitting Evan Thomas Silva, 26, of Hartland, Michigan, who was no more than 15 feet away. He later died at a hospital. Later that month, Christopher Pekny of Liberty, New York was preparing an explosive device for a gender reveal party when it prematurely exploded. Christopher was pronounced dead and his brother was hospitalized.

Two weeks ago, a gender reveal explosion damaged several homes and caused contamination of local water sources.



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