19 Kids and Counting alum Josh Duggar made headlines in April 2021 when he was arrested in Arkansas on two counts of child pornography charges. The reality star pleaded not guilty in his arraignment hearing later that month.
On December 9, 2021, Duggar was found guilty of two charges of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material, In Touch previously confirmed. His sentencing was originally scheduled for April 5, 2022. However, In Touch can confirm the former TV personality’s sentencing had been rescheduled to May 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The news came just days after wife Anna Duggar (née Keller) revealed she was pregnant with their seventh child, a baby girl, whom she gave birth to on October 23, 2021. The reality TV mom previously clapped back at a fan who assumed her husband couldn’t “afford” their seven kids — so how much is the eldest Duggar sibling worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Duggar is estimated to be worth $5,000. His net worth has drastically plummeted amid his legal issues, as he was previously worth $200,000. Here’s what we know about the controversial TLC personality’s income.
Josh Has Been on Reality TV for Years
The Duggar dad — who shares seven children, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Maryella, Mason, Meredith and Madyson with his wife of nearly 13 years — first appeared on 14 Kids and Pregnant Again!, a TV documentary focused on the Duggar family for Discovery Health. Four years later, 19 Kids and Counting (then titled 17 Kids and Counting) began on TLC, which also starred Josh and the rest of his large family. He stopped appearing on the show in 2014, though it did not end until the following year.
The Duggar family has also been the subject of several spinoff documentaries, including 16 Children and Moving In, Raising 16 Children, On the Road With 16 Children, Duggars Big Family Album and GrandDuggar First Birthday. Additionally, Josh and his wife documented the birth of their third child, Marcus, during a documentary special titled 19 Kids and Counting: GrandDuggar Makes 3!.
Josh Was Previously a Car Salesman
The TV personality once owned a used car dealership, but in September 2020, The Sun reported that the business had permanently closed. The same month, the publication reported that he and his wife applied for four new business licenses, so it seems the pair may have had more projects up their sleeves for the future in Arkansas.
Josh Was Involved in Politics
The former car dealer also previously served as the executive director of the Family Research Center’s Action Arm, a lobbying firm based out of Washington D.C. — however, in 2015, he resigned from his position with the conservative organization.
Josh Duggar’s Arrest and Legal Troubles
In May 2015, In Touch reported that Josh had been accused of molesting five underage girls between 2002 and 2003, when he was a teenager. Several of the victims were his sisters. As more details about the case emerged, TLC canceled the Duggar family’s reality show Counting On.
Josh’s child pornography trial stemming from his April 2021 arrest began on November 30, 2021. Six days later, he was found guilty.
Josh had been defended by three high-profile attorneys, including Justin Gelfand, a former prosecutor who has experience defending people who’ve been arrested for similar crimes. Josh also retained Travis W. Story and Gregory F. Payne, both attorneys at Story Law Firm in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as Ian T. Murphy, whom Josh added as co-counsel in November 2021. There’s no doubt the former reality TV star racked up a hefty bill in legal fees from his lengthy trial.
Josh Duggar’s Prison Sentence
Josh is serving a 12.5-year prison sentence at FCI Seagoville in Texas following his sentencing on May 25, 2022. Judge Timothy Brooks agreed to send Josh there as opposed to a prison in his home state of Arkansas, agreeing with Josh’s legal team that the facility would be beneficial to Josh, as it has a “good sex offender program.”