• A homeland security agent alleged Josh Duggar downloaded computer files depicting child sex abuse in May 2019
  • Duggar allegedly downloaded the files to his computer in the Springdale, Arkansas, used car dealership where he used to work
  • The agent said the images were "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've ever had to examine"

Josh Duggar allegedly had dozens of files depicting child sex abuse on his computer, a homeland security agent testified in court Wednesday.

Warning: This article contains graphic details of child abuse.

During Duggar’s virtual detention hearing in Arkansas, Homeland Security Investigations special agent Gerald Faulkner alleged that the former reality TV star downloaded files depicting child sex abuse onto a computer at the used car dealership where he used work in May 2019, People reported.

Some of the images were "in the top five of the worst of the worst that I've ever had to examine," Faulkner was quoted by People as saying.

Agents got ahold of Duggar’s computer and cellphone when they raided the Wholesale Motorcars dealership in Springdale, Arkansas, in November 2019. One file discovered in the computer depicted child sex abuse involving children ranging from 18 months to 12 years of age, Faulkner alleged.

The "19 Kids and Counting" alum also allegedly had a two-minute video on his computer depicting the abuse of two girls aged between 5 and 10 years old, Faulker testified, according to The Sun.

According to Faulker, Duggar had not been informed of what agents were investigating when they raided his workplace at the time. But the reality TV personality allegedly "spontaneously" responded, "What is this about? Has someone been downloading child pornography?" after officials asked to speak with him.

When asked about seeing or having child sex abuse material in his possession, the former TLC star said, "I'd rather not answer that question," according to Faulkner.

The agent further alleged that Duggar's computer had a program called "Covenant Eyes." It was described as "accountability software" that monitors and reports questionable internet use to a partner and is meant to help people who are addicted to pornography. The program was registered to Duggar and set up to send reports to his wife Anna, Faulkner said.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Christy Comstock ruled during the hearing that Duggar will be released from prison Thursday as he awaits trial for child pornography charges, People reported. But Duggar will be released Thursday to the care of designated "third-party custodians" and not to his Arkansas home where he lives with his pregnant wife and six children, the judge said.

He will be staying with Lacount and Maria Reber until his trial and will be monitored with GPS tracking. The couple was described in court as close friends of the Duggar family.

Duggar's trial is scheduled to take place in July. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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“19 Kids and Counting” alum Josh Duggar will not appear on “Jill & Jessa: Counting On.” He is pictured at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2014. Reuters