Josh, 34, was arrested on child pornography charges in April 2021 and was penalized to 151 months in prison following a two-week trial.
Churchgoers accuse Anna, 34, of being responsible for her husband’s depraved behavior, according to Mary Murphy, a former acquaintance of the Duggar family, who spoke exclusively to The U.S. Sun.
Mary is a second-generation survivor of the IBLP, a religious group that Mary views as a cult and to which the Duggar family belongs.
In a statement to The U.S. Sun, Mary Murphy, who co-hosts the podcast Out of the Shadows with Mary Murphy, said: “One aspect of the cult culture centers on the responsibility of females to meet the husband’s every single sexual need in order to prevent him from having affairs, sexually abusing children, and watching pornography.
“If the husband does any or all those things, they blame the wife in a large part. Like, ‘Oh, if you met his needs he wouldn’t have done this.’”
“They’re going to blame Anna. The pornography goes back to Anna. The wife is not fulfilling his needs so he turned to pornography, poor him. The wife needs to do what she’s supposed to do and meet his needs. It’s not logical.”
She continued: “I’m not surprised Anna is supporting him because that’s what she is being told, it’s her responsibility. Growing up in this culture, she’s turning that responsibility inward on herself and blaming herself. I’m not surprised she hasn’t left.
“We were taught, pressured, and brainwashed to believe that as women and wives, the number one purpose is to support her husband and make him successful with no exceptions. The husband is number one.”
Mary “hopes” Anna will break free and leave Josh, who is currently serving his sentence at FCI Seagoville in Texas.
She added: “I still hope she will make the choice to leave and to protect her children. She was in the court and heard everything herself. I wish she already left. She has that responsibility now that she has heard everything.”
As for Josh, Mary is “grateful and relieved” he is “finally behind bars.”
She said: “The seven children that call him dad need to be protected from him forever. All children do, especially those seven who call him dad. I’m not surprised he’s appealing. I expected he would. He maintains, his parents maintain, they all maintain he’s innocent. Of course he would appeal.”
Before his conviction for child pornography, Josh had a troubled past.
According to a 33-page Arkansas police investigation made public in 2015, dad Jim Bob admitted to local authorities that his oldest son Josh had fondled young girls’ breasts and genitalia in the Duggar family home years earlier.
Josh was never charged.
The police report led to the cancellation of the family’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting.
Just three months later, Josh was accused of using the adultery dating service Ashley Madison.
Josh said in a statement: “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this has become a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”