WASHINGTON (AP) — On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Josh Duggar, a former reality TV personality found guilty of downloading illegal images of child exploitation.

Duggar previously appeared on the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting” with his large family prior to his conviction in 2021.

The court did not provide further details on the rejection, as is customary.

Following the discovery of child exploitation material being distributed from a computer linked to him in Little Rock, Arkansas, federal authorities launched an investigation. Investigators stated that pictures portraying the exploitation of minors, including infants, were downloaded in 2019 on a computer within a car dealership owned by Duggar. Subsequently, he was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.

The judgments of the lower courts supported his conviction, dismissing Duggar’s contention that his legal representatives should have been permitted to inquire about the former employee of the dealership’s prior conviction for a sexual offense, who had used the same computer. Duggar’s legal counsel chose not to have the former employee testify following the judge’s ruling that they could not mention the previous conviction.

Following the resurfacing of the accusations in 2015, Duggar’s parents stated that he had acknowledged to inappropriate touching and expressed his remorse privately. Duggar then issued a public apology for his unspecified actions and stepped down from his position as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization.