Josh Duggar will remain in jail after an appeal to overturn his child pornography conviction and receive a new trial was denied by a federal court judge.

The 34-year-old former reality tv star was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2021 after child pornography was found on his work computer. 

Investigators accused Duggar of having over 200 images of child porn on his devices "ranging from about 18 months to 12 years of age." Josh pled not guilty, but the court found the evidence overwhelming.

According to KTLA 5 news, the defense maintained Duggar's innocence and an appeal was filed shortly after he was sentenced.

Duggar's attorneys argued that a judge should not have allowed Duggar's statements he made to investigators during the search of his car dealership that found the images.

A document filed in court on Monday said " After consideration, it is hereby ordered and adjudged that the judgment of the district court in this cause is affirmed in accordance with the opinion of this court.”  

Josh was the oldest of 19 siblings with parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They were on two hit TV shows over the past decade with 19 Kids & Counting and Counting On. The show was cancelled in 2015 after Josh admitted to molesting his sisters when they were younger. On the show, the family continued to profess Christian beliefs and morals in their household. 

With files from Sylvia St. Cyr