Josh Duggar Breaking News 2022 Today's: Josh Duggar sentenced to federal prison in child sexual abuse images case

Prosecutors said the former reality TV star had a "deep-seated, widespread and violent sexual interest in children"

Josh Duggar, a former star of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on federal charges of downloading and possessing child sexual abuse images

"While this is not the sentence we asked, it is a lengthy sentence," US lawyer David Clay Faulks said on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press

Prosecutors had asked the Fayetteville, Arkansas judge to sentence Josh Dugger to 20 years in prison on the grounds that he had a "deep-seated, widespread and violent sexual interest in children"

Josh Dugger's legal team requested a five-year sentence. He said he would appeal against the court's decision

In April 2021, the 34-year-old reality star and father of seven were arrested for downloading photos and videos depicting sexual abuse of children, according to the US Department of Justice

Josh Duggar admitted not to being guilty of the charges. In December, Josh Dugger was convicted of "the receipt and possession of child pornography" with a possible sentence of five to 20 years in prison.

Following his conviction, Josh Duggar's parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who, along with their 19 children, starred in the television series from 2008 to 2015, issued a statement about the "serious ordeal" that took place

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