Duggar Family Childhood Friend Said Josh Duggar Always Had the Best Computer in the House

In April 2021, Josh Duggar was arrested for allegedly downloading child sexual abuse content — and it shook up the Duggar family’s lives. Now, all eyes are on the Duggars to see what will happen next. And a podcast host of I Pray You Put This Journal Away is giving fans an inside look into what the family was really like when he was a kid. Here’s what the podcast host explained regarding Josh and his state-of-the-art computer at the time.

Josh Duggar was arrested for allegedly obtaining child sexual abuse content

Josh Duggar's mugshot
Josh Duggar’s 2021 mugshot | Washington County Sheriff’s Office/Getty Images

It’s no secret Josh Duggar’s been all over Duggar news as of late. The oldest Duggar family son found himself in hot water in April 2021 after he was arrested for allegedly downloading child sexual abuse content. This is far from the first time Josh has put his family in a difficult place, too. Back in 2015, he allegedly molested a number of young girls, a few of whom were his sisters.

According to an affidavit by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner, they discovered the alleged material by tracking down the IP address of the downloads. The IP address led to Josh’s place of work, Wholesale Motorcars. A Homeland Security Investigations Task Force Officer went undercover to Wholesale Motorcars to meet Josh and learn more.

Additionally, the FBI searched a BitTorrent network to find the downloaded material, which also led them to Josh’s computer at his workplace. Josh pleads not guilty to the allegations so far.

A childhood friend of the Duggar family recounts the time he spent at their home

Josh Duggar of the Duggar family and his daughter during their visit with 'Extra'
Josh Duggar and his daughter during their visit with ‘Extra’ | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

The podcast hosts of I Pray You Put This Journal Away grew up as Christian fundamentalists, and one of the hosts met the Duggar family at a young age. In season 1 episode 1 of the podcast, he explains he met Josh Duggar when Josh was 17. At the time, Josh had the best computer in the house and seemed quite proud of the technology.

“And Josh, over at his work station, he had the crème de la crème, super nice Mac that was nice. It was new,” the podcast host revealed. ” … It was 2004, 2005 — whatever they had going on for iMacs at the time, they had. And it was super nice. Slick. This was probably brand new. … They were clearly investing in Josh’s video interest.”

The podcast host notes Josh would show him the brand-new computer and go over all the specks, at the time, the host loved it. But his father then embarrassed him. The host’s dad asked Josh “what kind of filter” Josh had on the computer.

“Filter, meaning like … this admin-level software or, sometimes, hardware. … It was a real common product to give to Christian households,” the host clarified. Filters would prevent the computer users from looking at content deemed inappropriate.

Do the Duggars still talk to Josh? Here’s what we know

What’s going on with Josh Duggar and the Duggar family now? It’s unclear if Josh’s siblings have any contact with him currently. Josh reportedly stays with Duggar family friends Lacount and Maria Reber in Elkins, Arkansas. While Josh stays with the Rebers, he’s allegedly not allowed to have any contact with his six children or any minors.

Recent reports suggest his wife, Anna Duggar, spends a lot of time with Josh at the Rebers. Anna is currently pregnant with their seventh child. As for the couple’s other six kids, Anna’s family allegedly cares for them while Anna visits Josh.

Josh’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, also allegedly helped Josh out initially, though it’s unclear how much involvement Jim Bob has with the case now. Jim Bob hooked Josh up with the Rebers and is likely paying Josh’s attorneys.

We wouldn’t be surprised if all 18 of Josh’s siblings don’t speak to him currently and will continue to keep their distance until his trial in November 2021.

How to get help: If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 for free and confidential support

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