A source previously told PEOPLE that Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Duggar are "horrified and disgusted by the situation"

By Gabrielle Chung
May 13, 2021 08:04 PM
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Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo; Josh Duggar
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Jeremy Vuolo is speaking out over the child pornography charges brought against his brother-in-law, Josh Duggar.

The 33-year-old Counting On star, who is married to Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, addressed the serious accusations against Josh in an interview with TODAY published on Wednesday, saying, "Nothing can prepare someone to receive news like that."

"Like everyone else, we are absolutely horrified, and want to see justice carried out," he said. "And we just want to say that we are grateful for the authorities who work tirelessly to end child abuse here and around the world."

Jeremy added, "We're praying for all of the victims in this situation — really, we're praying for everyone who is involved."

Josh was arrested on April 29 and has pleaded not guilty to two charges: one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

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Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo
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A source previously told PEOPLE that that Jeremy and Jinger, 27, are "horrified and disgusted by the situation."

"Being a family themselves, the idea of these kinds of charges against Josh are a horrific thing. Jinger is having a hard time coping with it," the source said.

In a prior joint statement released on their respective Instagram pages, the couple — who are parents to daughters Felicity, 2, and 5-month-old Evangeline Jo — said they were "disturbed" after the charges were brought against Josh.

"We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice," the TLC stars' posts read.

Last week, Josh was released from jail in Arkansas after a judge ruled that he must remain with third party custodians, Lacount and Maria Reber, when out of custody and be confined to their home with GPS tracking.

The former 19 Kids and Counting star was also granted "unlimited contact" with his six children — Maryella Hope, 17 months, Mason Garrett, 3½, Meredith Grace, 5½, Marcus Anthony, 7½, Michael James, 9½, and Mackynzie Renée, 11 — so long as his pregnant wife Anna Duggar is present. He may not see any other minor child, including his nieces and nephews.

Josh faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each of the two counts if he is convicted, making his total possible sentence 40 years, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Arkansas.

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Josh Duggar
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His pretrial hearing is set for July 1, while the trial is scheduled to begin on July 6.

Josh, the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 kids, has faced various legal battles and controversies over the years.

In May 2015, Josh apologized for his "wrongdoing" following the release of a 2006 police report that revealed he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters Jill, 29, and Jessa, 28, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.