KEY POINTS

  • Josh Duggar is the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
  • Their family of 19 kids appeared on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting"
  • TLC canceled the show in 2015 following accusations that Josh had molested five minors
  • Josh is now facing charges for allegedly downloading child porn

Amy Duggar has urged her followers to pray for the "ultimate sentence" amid her cousin Josh Duggar's child pornography trial. She took to Instagram on Wednesday to say it was a "heavy day" as jury selection began for her cousin's controversial case.

"Today is a heavy day," she wrote on an Instagram Story. "This whole week will be. Next week will be too. Until justice is served."

A netizen took a screenshot of the said post and shared it on Twitter.

"Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord, I will repay thee. Please pray for the victims and for the truth to be revealed. Pray that the judge will give the ultimate sentence," she noted on another.

Josh is facing charges for allegedly downloading files depicting child sex abuse on May 14, 15 and 16 in 2019 on the computer at his then-workplace, a used car lot in Arkansas. According to prosecutors, Josh had more than 200 explicit images of minors stored on his computer.

Despite strong evidence, Josh previously pleaded not guilty of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material following his arrest in April. If convicted of the charges against him, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines on each of the two counts, for a total possible sentence of 40 years.

Josh is the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose family of 19 children was previously featured on TLC's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting." 

The show was canceled on TLC in 2015 following allegations that Josh had molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. Two of his victims were his own sisters.

After Josh's arrest in April, TLC also canceled the spin-off show, "Counting On," which first aired on the cable channel in 2015. In its statement following the cancellation, the network said the decision was "to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately."

Earlier this year, Bob and Michelle issued a statement addressing Josh's arrest, saying, "It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

duggars Pictured is the Duggar family in a promo shot for "Counting On." Photo: TLC