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Jill & Derick Dillard Issue Statement After Josh Duggar Is Found Guilty In Child Porn Trial, Declare 'Nobody Is Above The Law'

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Source: @jillmdillard/INSTAGRAM; @JOSHDUGGAR/TWITTER

Dec. 10 2021, Published 5:31 a.m. ET

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Jill Dillard has spoken out after her brother Josh Duggar was found guilty on two counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.

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Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, issued a statement on the Dillard Family blog after the Thursday, December 10, verdict. "Today was difficult for our family," the statement began.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation," the statement read, "We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse."

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jill dillard statement josh duggar guilty child porn trial
Source: @jillmdillard/INSTAGRAM; @JOSHDUGGAR/TWITTER

"Nobody is above the law," they continued. "It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor. Today, the people of the Western District of Arkansas made that clear in their verdict. As a Christian, we believe we are all equal at the foot of the cross, and, likewise, we are all equal under the law."

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"Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself. Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions. Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future," they added.

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The couple admitted the trial felt "like a funeral," and that they are supporting Josh's family "during this dark time." Josh and Anna welcomed their seventh child in November, days before the 33-year-old was set to appear in court for a pre-trial conference.

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Derick told People outside the courthouse on Thursday that he wanted to "see the facts for ourselves," noting: "America is the best country to get justice."

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Josh reportedly faces up to 20 years behind bars and up to $250,000 in fines for each of the two counts. His lawyers revealed that they intend on appealing the verdict. The embattled TV star was arrested in April after authorities seized electronic devices from his car dealership that were discovered during a 2019 Homeland Security raid.

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Source: @jillmdillard/INSTAGRAM
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The Counting On alum is expected to be sentenced in four months time, but a date has not been set yet pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Jill previously alleged that her brother molested her when he was a teenager, the Washington Post reported. "He told me that he had touched some of the girls when they were sleeping on the breasts...they didn’t wake up," their father, Jim Bob, told the court last month of the past molestation scandal.

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