Jana Duggar, former reality TV star and sister of Josh Duggar, was charged with child endangerment in Arkansas in September, reports indicate. 

Her arrest was revealed only days after her brother was convicted on two counts of possessing child sexual abuse material. 

According to Washington County court records, Jana Duggar, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charges. No further details were available Saturday, though there is no indication that her case is related to her brother’s.

Jana Duggar Charged with Child Endangerment

Court documents show that Duggar was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a minor on Sept. 9. She reportedly pleaded not guilty on Sept 23, and is due back before a Washington County district judge on Jan. 10. 

Specific details of the allegations were not available from court records, according to media reports. Local jail records did not indicate that Duggar had been arrested or had posted bail.  

Child endangerment under Arkansas law is reportedly a misdemeanor. If convicted, Duggar could face jail time or a fine. 

The 19 Kids and Counting alum did not return requests for comment from Fox News  or People on Friday evening. 

Jana Duggar, 31, was charged with child endangerment in Arkansas in September, court records show.
Jana Duggar, 31, was charged with child endangerment in Arkansas in September, court records show. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, she could face jail time. Photo credit: Instagram

Brother Convicted of Sex Crimes

The allegations against Jana made headlines less than a day after Josh Duggar was convicted on two counts of child pornography possession. The 33-year-old is facing up to 20 years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines for each count, though he’s still awaiting sentencing. His attorneys have signaled they intend to appeal the verdict. 

Josh and Jana’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued a statement on the family’s website Thursday after juror’s announced their verdict. 

“This entire ordeal has been very grievous,” they wrote. “Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, has sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through CSAM [child sexual abuse material].”

“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna [Josh’s wife] and their children with love and support. As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children,” they added. 

Computer experts testified at the Josh Duggar trial Thursday that the former reality TV star used his work computer to download disturbing, sexually explicit videos and images of children. He was first charged in April.
A day after Josh Duggar was convicted, reports emerged that his younger sister Jana Duggar was facing child endangerment charges. Photo credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Duggars No Strangers to Scandal

The Duggar family is best known for their TLC reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and 18 Kids) which aired from 2008 to 2015. The show was pulled off the air abruptly when reports emerged that Josh Duggar had been accused of molesting five of his underage sisters. 

Those allegations dated from 2002 to 2003. Josh Duggar was not charged with any crime, as the statute of limitations had expired by 2015, and the accusations were not directly related to his conviction on Thursday. 

Also in 2015, it was revealed that Josh Duggar subscribed to Ashley Madison, a paid online dating service for married adults that advertises under the slogan “life is short, have an affair.” His subscription was reportedly canceled in May that year, just as the molestation allegations surfaced. 

Even before Josh Duggar's conviction and Jana Duggar's child endangerment arrest, the Duggar family has been regularly embroiled in controversy for years.
Even before Josh Duggar’s conviction and Jana Duggar’s child endangerment arrest, the Duggar family has been regularly embroiled in controversy for years. Photo credit: Instagram

The 33-year-old checked into “Reformers Unanimous” that month, which his family described as a “long-term treatment center.” 

Members of the family have also been criticized for perceived intolerance. Matriarch Michelle Duggar came under fire in 2014 for recording a political robocall that has been called transphobic

Similarly, in 2017, Derrick Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar Dillard, was kicked off his wife’s TLC spinoff series after he made public comments calling trans people “a myth” and saying that “gender is not fluid,” but  “ordained by God.”

Despite the controversies, patriarch Jim Bob Duggar is currently running for a state senate seat in the Arkansas legislature. The 56-year-old previously served one term in the Arkansas State House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003.