The defense had argued anyone at work could have accessed the computer.
update: December 6 2021, 7:30 am pst
The password used to access the child porn on Josh Duggar's work computer was the same as the Duggar family Instagram account, according to prosecutors.
While the defense had argued other people had access to the computer and could have been responsible, the prosecution has claimed the partitioned part of the hard drive where the content was hidden was only accessible to the former reality star.
Giving testimony on Friday, James Fottrell, Director of the Department of Justice High Technology Investigative Unit, said the password prosecutors said protected the content — "intel1998" — was was in a list of saved passwords on Duggar's Google Chrome account, along with similar versions, such as "inteljjd" and "intel1988!"
According to records Fottrell said were found on Duggar's personal MacBook, "intel1988" was also used as the password for the official Duggar family Instagram account for a period of time, People reported.
Prosecutors had previously noted that 1988 is also Josh Duggar's birth year.
Fottrell also testified that a number of geotagged photos or texts sent from Josh's phone also place it near the work computer at times when the child porn was being accessed.
A day earlier, Fottrell had testified he had found evidence videos named "pedomom" and "Daisy's Destruction" had been downloaded and/or streamed on the work computer; the latter he said was a notorious video that showed an infant being tortured. He described it as among the "most offensive" videos he had ever seen in his career; however upon request of the defense, the judge ordered the jury to disregard that description as it was subjective opinion, and not fact.
update: December 1 2021, 11 am pst
Judge Timothy L. Brooks has ruled on Wednesday that allegations from Josh Duggar's previous molestation scandal can be used as evidence in his child pornography trial.
"The Court finds, based on the Government's proffer of evidence at the hearing, that the prior acts of child molestation allegedly committed by Defendant in 2002 and 2003 against four child victims are clear and compelling," Brooks wrote in his ruling, according to People.
"The child pornography victims, in this case, are approximately the same ages as the victims of Defendant's hands-on child-molestation offenses," the judge said. "Accordingly, the prior act evidence is probative of Defendant's sexual interest in underage children and his propensity for exploiting young girls."
Jim Bob claimed to be unable to recall key details in his testimony on Monday regarding the admissibility of the prior molestation allegations.
"The Court found Mr. Duggar's selective lapse in memory to be not credible; he was obviously reluctant to testify against his son," Brooks said.
Meanwhile, the defense failed in its attempt to have longtime family friend Bobye Holt's testimony removed, having claimed it fell under clergy privilege, as her husband Jim was an elder in the Duggar family church.
"It is clear from her testimony—which the Court found very credible—that she was not a clergyperson at the time [Duggar] made certain disclosures to her about molesting children," judge Brookes wrote.
Original story below: November 30 2021
A judge heard testimony from a Duggar family friend on Monday who claimed Josh Duggar previously admitted to molesting four younger girls starting at the age of 12.
In March 2003, Josh confessed to his father, Jim Bob, and mother, Michelle, along with their friends Jim and Bobye Holt that he had fondled girls. According to Bobye's testimony, Josh had admitted to the assaults at least three times to her knowledge: once the year before -- to both of his parents -- in 2003, and again in 2005 to the Holts.
The testimony was given in a hearing to determine whether previous allegations -- some dating back decades -- should be admitted into the trial. Josh was arrested in April 2021, and charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted he faces up to 20 years behind bars. Jury selection begins Tuesday.
The former reality star's attorneys have claimed in court documents that other people had access to Josh's computer at work, where the illegal material was found, which they say authorities failed to properly investigate.
The defense have also asked for the trial to solely focus on the child pornography allegations. "Let's have a trial about what actually happened in May of 2019," attorney Justin Gelfand asked the judge, according to People.
While the prosecution wants to use Josh's alleged admissions as evidence, the defense argued that the testimony on Monday involved private confessions he gave to clergy, seeking spiritual counsel, and were protected by religious privilege.
However, Bobye Holt told the court that she was never a leader or elder at the Duggar's church, as women were not allowed to be; her hearing Josh's confession seemed to undermine claims of religious privilege.
She also claimed the conversations with the Duggars was one between parents, and not a church discussion, although she did recall some prayer being involved.
In apparent response to her comments about the place women hold in his church, Jim Bob insisted, "I'm not a male chauvinist." He then added, "My wife is wiser than I am."
Judge Timothy L. Brooks also questioned how far that religious privilege extended, as reporting child abuse was mandatory. Brooks asked for further briefings as the trial proceedings resumed Tuesday for jury selection.
In 2015 In Touch published a police report from 2006, which showed an investigation into accusations Josh molested five underage girls, including some of his sisters.
In a statement to People at the time, Josh said: "as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends …. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life."
In May 2015 TLC suspended the Duggar's reality show "19 Kids and Counting" following the allegations. They then cancelled the series entirely. A spinoff, "Counting On," was then released later that year. However, that show was also cancelled in 2021, following Josh's arrest for child pornography.