“It is unfortunate, but it seems that it may take spending over a decade in federal prison, and still more on probation, for Josh to have any potential for rehabilitation to the point he can safely live in society again,” their message read. “Hopefully, Josh can actually begin to get treatment and begin to work toward a lifestyle where he is less likely to reoffend.”
The pair added, “We continue to love Josh and his family and will be there for them however we can.”
On May 25, Judge Timothy L. Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court sentenced Josh, 34, to almost 12-and-a-half years in prison, according to court documents obtained by E! News. The former 19 Kids and Counting star was also fined $10,000.
Once out of prison, Josh will be placed on 20 years of supervised release. During that time, he is ordered to partake in a sex offender treatment program and is banned from having contact with minors without supervision, as well as using a computer or any device with internet without approval, per the documents.