Josh Duggar's Workplace Computer Where Porn Was Found Evaded Tracking, Analyst Testifies

A computer analyst testified Thursday that Josh Duggar's workplace computer where child pornography was found had an operating system that allowed him to evade being tracked, the Associated Press reported.

A Linux operating system installed on the computer allowed the device to evade being tracked by a program while a public-facing side was business related, the analyst told the jury.

Child pornography found on the computer was downloaded from a used car lot in May 2019. Duggar had worked there at that time.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that James Fottrell from the Department of Justice said in court that the child pornography was found on the Linux portion of the computer.

Duggar's defense attorneys said since no other explicit videos and photos of children were found on his personal laptop or cellphone that someone else must have downloaded or planted the child pornography onto his work computer.

Earlier this week, Judge Timothy Brooks allowed the jury to hear testimony from a Duggar family friend who said Duggar confessed to her that he molested four girls in 2003.

Duggar's federal trial began this week in Arkansas. He faces charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison for each count and fines up to $250,000 for each count.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Josh Duggar, Jail, Arkansas
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A federal judge says no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed at next week's scheduled trial for former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is facing child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks issued the order ahead of the trial, which is set to begin Tuesday in Fayetteville. Washington County Arkansas Jail/AP Photo

"The child pornography victims in this case are approximately the same ages as the victims of defendant's hands-on child-molestation offenses," Brooks' order allowing the testimony said. "Accordingly, the prior act evidence is probative of defendant's sexual interest in underage children and his propensity for exploiting young girls."

Testimony was to continue Friday.

"If you like a mystery, then this is the case for you," Justin Gilfand, representing Duggar, told jurors in his opening statement earlier this week. "This is a classic, old fashioned whodunit."

TLC pulled "19 Kids and Counting" in 2015 over revelations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar's parents said he confessed to the fondling and apologized. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled earlier this week that jurors could hear details of that abuse in the child pornography trial.

In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his pornography addiction and for cheating on his wife, calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever."

Duggar's trial begins as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, is running in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar was also featured prominently on the TLC show and previously served in the Arkansas House. The primary election for the open seat is Dec. 14.