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Josh Duggar's Wife Anna Believes He's 'Innocent,' Is 'Standing By Him' Ahead Of Child Pornography Trial: Source

May. 24 2021, Published 4:00 p.m. ET

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Anna Duggar, the wife of shamed reality star Josh Duggar, is standing by her man, according to a source, as he awaits trial on federal charges of receipt and possession of child pornography.

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"She thinks Josh is innocent," an insider dished, adding that he has since reunited with his six kids after being released from jail. "[Josh] has seen [his] children with Anna there. She has to be there."

As OK! reported, Josh was arrested late last month in Arkansas and detained without bail. During his arraignment hearing one day later, his attorney pleaded not guilty to both charges. He was released from jail on Thursday, May 6, after his virtual detention hearing one day prior.

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Source: Josh Duggar/Twitter; Anna Duggar/Instagram

However, Judge Christy Comstock could not "in good conscience" send him back to his family home, where the couple's children live. He was granted permission to visit his kids as long as Anna — who announced she is pregnant with the couple's seventh child days before her husband was arrested — is present. The 33-year-old cannot be around other children and will be monitored by a GPS. 

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Josh's family friends — pastor LaCount Reber and wife Maria Reber — agreed to house him while he awaits his July 6 trial. If convicted, Josh faces up to 20 years behind bars and $250,000 in fines.

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The 19 Kids and Counting star was arrested in connection to a 2019 Homeland Security raid on his car dealership in Arkansas. At the time, one desktop computer, one laptop computer and a cellphone, all belonging to Duggar, were seized.

In light of the federal investigation, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner referred to the images found on his computer as: "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've ever had to examine."

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During the detention hearing, Faulkner claimed Josh downloaded computer files depicting child sex abuse on May 14, 15 and 16 of 2019.  Faulkner said one of the files depicted child abuse involving children as young as 18 months old.

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And while Anna is choosing to believe her husband's word, according to the source, she was allegedly aware of his interest in pornography. During the investigation, officials discovered an anti-pornography program installed on his computer to monitor his online habits. The program would track and report his usage to Anna, it was reported. The program, Covenant Eyes, was registered under both Josh and Anna's name.

Investigators also discovered a separate password-protected network on his computer that blocked Covenant Eyes' ability to monitor his usage. According to Faulkner, investigators found child sexual abuse material on an isolated part of his computer's hard drive that wasn't detected.

PEOPLE first reported that Anna believes Josh is innocent.

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