Toby Willis, TLC Reality Star, Arrested for Rape
Toby Willis has been arrested on rape charges.
Toby Willis is the head of The Willis Clan, a country music group that once had its own series on TLC.
According to authorities, he was apprehended on child rape charges Friday stemming from an alleged sexual encounter with an underage girl 12 years ago.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations confirmed via a public statement that it started looking into the 46-year artist and reality star on August 29.
It then took him into custody in Greeville, Kentucky after he reportedly fled from his home in Ashland County in order Tennessee to avoid the cops.
Willis was charged with one count of rape of a child.
As of this writing, Willis is being held without bond and will be extradited back to Tennessee.
It’s unclear at the moment whether the victim was one of Willis’ own kids, who are as old as 24. His youngest is just five years old.
The victim’s name has not been released nor have any more details regarding this allegation.
Willis and his dozen kids rose to fame on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, where they reached the quarterfinals.
They then signed on The TLC’s The Willis Family, where cameras chronicled the lives of all 12 kids and two parents as a musical family.
The second season of this program concluded in April.
“We are shocked to hear the news,” the network said in a statement, following its section to remove The Willis Family from its website.
A source tells People Magazine, meanwhile, that no third season is planned; the series was canceled back in May.
This scandal marks the third controversy to befall a TLC reality star.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was pulled from the air in 2014 after June Shannon (pictured) started to date a sex offender who had molested one of her daughters.
Really, this actually happened.
Then, in 2015, it was revealed that Josh Duggar (pictured) had molested numerous girls when he was a teenager, including one of his own sisters.
His parents knew of the incidents back when they happened, but never went to the police.
Months later, Duggar also confessed to a porn addiction after his name was included on a website known for helping married people have affairs.
TLC has since canceled the show on which Duggar appeared, 19 Kids and Counting, but it currently airing a spinoff titled “Counting On,” which stars Josh’s sisters.
Back in 2014, meanwhile, Toby Willis told WGN TV that he had a very chill attitude towards life.
“We wake up in the morning and say what’s gonna happen today? It just seems like the roller coaster goes up and down up and down,” he said at that time.
“After a while you quit trying to grab on and quit trying to steer, you just throw your hands up and go let’s just enjoy the ride.”
We’re not even gonna try to parse these words or make any jokes.
We’re just first going to say that TLC needs to fire all of its people who perform background checks, if any such employees even exist.
We’re also going to say that maybe, just maybe, those who have double-digit children should be sat down on a psychologist’s couch, not placed in front of a reality TV camera.