Josh was found guilty of two counts related to possessing and downloading child pornography. He denied being responsible despite prosecutors claiming the material was kept secure with a password — the same password used to log in to Josh’s family's Instagram account.
The disgraced reality star is set to be sentenced on May 25. The judge could sentence him up to 20 years in prison.
In her letter, Michelle made the plea to not throw the book at her son. “My heart is to share some things about Joshua’s character that may not be fully known to the court,” she wrote.”
“It is my sincere hope these things are taken into consideration as a fair and just sentenced is determined.”
Michelle described her son as having a “tender heart” and said he “Is compassionate toward others.” During court proceedings, prosecutors said the videos Josh downloaded showed horrific acts of child abuse.
Josh’s mom continued, “He and his wife and child have helped many others by doing cleaning and repair projects and lending a helping hand. Joshua has always been a positive and upbeat person. He is wise financially-saving money for the future and purposing not to go into debt.”
She said her son is a "good provider for the family, working diligently and thinking of creative ways to support and take care of his wife and children. He is also generous and shares his resources with others in need.”
Michelle said, “Joshua is a loving and patient man, striving to be a blessing and provide for his family.”
In the letter, she said she stands “ready for his return” and will offer her continued “love and encouragement” once he is released.
“We ask that he be reunited with his wife and family in a timely manner,” she wrote.
The convicted sex offender previously dealt with dark allegations. As a teen, he sexually assaulted multiple underage girls. Josh's father told the Arkansas State Police that his son had molested his siblings between 2002 and 2003. The police report leaked in 2015 and the family's TLC reality show ended up being canceled.