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Josh Duggar has been granted bail and will not have to sit in a jail cell until his trial in his federal child pornography case, Arkansas Judge Christy Comstock ruled following a four-hour-plus hearing on Wednesday.
Duggar, 33, will be placed with a third-party custodian – a familiar family who are close enough with Duggar and his wife Anna and have also known the family for about six or eight years through their church. The family says they have a self-contained space on their property where Duggar can live while he awaits his looming trial.
"It is my intention to release you, Mr. Duggar, with a number of contentious conditions which the court is going to find to be the least restrictive conditions necessary to ensure the safety of the community," said Comstock. "So I need you to listen up because were in the room, and if you cant comply with any of them, then youre going to stay right where you are. OK. First, I agree with Mr. Gelfand that I havent heard any evidence that youre a flight risk. Im going to impose some conditions thats going to make traveling out of here pretty hard."
Duggar’s travel is restricted to the Western District of Arkansas and must get permission to travel outside the imposed limits. He was also granted unlimited contact with his children but only if Anna is present and he is not to engage in contact of any kind with any other children.
He must also surrender his passport and submit to GPS monitoring at all times. Duggar is restricted to the home of his third-party custodians except for employment, court obligations, church, etc. and any additional locations must be pre-approved by his probation officer.
"I recommend that you govern your actions by thinking about where you might go and who you might encounter," continued the judge in her address to Duggar. "You ought not to go to birthday parties, family dinners, church activities, these things that might risk violating this condition."
Duggar is also to refrain from possessing or viewing erotica of any kind at any time and cannot possess any devices or electronics that can access the internet. He also cannot ask or obtain password(s) of the third-party custodian. The residence of said custodian must not have minor children.
"With respect to technology, I have explored monitoring software, but frankly, the sophistication of the evidence that I have heard here today concerns me that we dont have enough technology to ensure your compliance. At least we dont have the right kind," said the judge. "Therefore, you are not to possess access, utilize any Internet-capable device, including computers, tablets, iPads, smartphones, gaming systems, smart TVs you are specifically ordered not to ask or obtain the passwords for."