U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks ruled on Tuesday, February 15, that the 33-year-old will learn his fate at a sentencing hearing on April 5 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as reported by ABC News.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star — who was found guilty on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography in December 2021 — is facing up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count.
In the meantime, Josh has been awaiting his sentencing trial from the Washington County Jail while his legal team tries to appeal his guilty verdict.
As OK! previously reported, the ex-reality star's lawyers requested the court grant their client a judgment of acquittal or a new trial altogether while insisting the evidence against Josh was not enough to support his child pornography related convictions.
The new motion claimed: "the Government failed to adduce any evidence that Duggar 'knew that the visual depictions were of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct' — a necessary element for conviction of each count."
"Indeed, the evidence at trial established that certain files allegedly found on the HP desktop computer were never viewed by any user of the computer and that all the files at issue had been deleted shortly after being downloaded," the legal documents continued. "Thus, even in the light most favorable to the Government, the jury had no evidence that Duggar personally viewed any specific portion of any of the files allegedly found on the computer."
Earlier this month, Josh's wife, Anna Duggar, posted a link to the motion via her Instagram page, urging her followers to learn more about her husband's bombshell case. "There is more to the story," she insisted at the time.
Despite his wife maintaining his innocence, more disturbing details about Josh's case have come to light since he was convicted last year.
As OK! learned, it was revealed last week that Josh had been watching "rape pornography" shortly before downloading the child sex abuse content in question, according to court transcripts.
Special Agent Gerald Faulkner — who previously called the content found on Josh's computer "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've ever had to examine" — claimed in the transcripts that Josh had been using a browsing tool to make his searches anonymous on his computer.
"At 4:58pm, TOR browser on the partition side of the HP computer was utilized to access porn sites associated with rape and files associated with child pornography," Faulkner reportedly stated.