Jill Duggar Shares Cryptic Message After Brother Josh Duggar's Child Pornography Arrest, Says 'We Need Others For Support'

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Source: Jill Duggar/Instagram; Josh Duggar/Twitter

May 3 2021, Published 4:51 p.m. ET

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Jill Duggar Dillard is looking to her community for love and support after brother Josh Duggar was arrested on child pornography charges last week.

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Days after Duggar was taken to a detention center in Washington County on Thursday, April 29, by federal agents in Arkansas, Dillard opened up about how she's turning to others for strength during this troubling time. 

"β˜•οΈπŸ‘±πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘§πŸΎπŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦°We were reminded this morning in church about how important community is!" the 29-year-old wrote alongside a photo of herself holding a Starbucks cup on Sunday, May 2. "πŸ™πŸ»I think I've brought this up before, but I've literally prayed for good community!! We need others for support, prayer ... people to do life with and so much more!"

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Source: Jill Duggar Dillard/ Instagram

Despite the past tumultuous year being plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and her current family turmoil, Dillard remains optimistic.  "😷I know this last year has tested all of us so much," she continued, "but sometimes it's in the difficult times that you see more clearly who your people are as they become the hands and feet of Jesus!" 

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She asked her 1.7 million Instagram followers if they "have good community" or if they are "in a season where you're praying for and being intentional to build community (...yeah, sometimes it takes some work!)?" 

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To finish up lengthy message, Dillard asked her followers to share who they are "grateful for," adding that she has a "growing list."

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Dillard's brother was charged with one count of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. During his virtual court appearance via Zoom on Friday, April 30, he pleaded not guilty to both charges.

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In May 2019, the 19 Kids and Counting alum allegedly downloaded material of child sexual abuse, "some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12," according to a press release.

As OK! reported, if the 33-year-old is convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment as well as $250,000 in fines on each count.

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If he is granted bail, U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L. Wiedemann ordered that he have a third-party custodian and be "in a residence where there's no minor in the home."

Duggar will remain in an Arkansas detention center until he awaits his bond hearing, set for May 5.

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Following the news that Duggar was booked on child pornography charges, Derick Dillard told Radar, "This is a very sad time for our family," adding that the family was "surprised" when he was arrested. "That's our only comment at this time."

Duggar previously found himself in hot water in 2015 when he was accused of molesting a slew of underage girls β€” including four of his sisters β€” prompting the beloved TLC series about the family to be cancelled after its 2008 debut.


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