TLC Reality Star Toby Willis of ‘The Willis Family’ Arrested for Alleged Rape of a Child

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TLC Reality Star Toby Willis Arrested for Alleged Rape of a Child

Toby Nathaniel Willis — the dad of 12 known to TV viewers from the TLC reality show The Willis Family — has been arrested and charged with child rape after a sting conducted by Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI).

Allegedly Willis, 46, had sex with an underage girl around 2004, and that he recently fled to Kentucky to evade arrest. He was arrested Friday in Greenville, Kentucky, and faces extradition to Cheatham County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigations agents began investigating Willis on August 29, and during the course of the investigation learned that Willis had a sexual encounter about 12-years ago with the underage girl, the TBI said in a news release.

There is no word whether the alleged victim might be one of his own kids, who range in age from 5 to 24.

The Willis Clan, as they are professionally known, appeared on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” and had completed two seasons of ‘The Willis Family.’ The Willis Clan is a country music band and family of 14, where all 12 children, ages 5-24, have names that begin with ‘J.’ They have their own reality TV show called “The Willis Family” on TLC.

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‘The Willis Family’ becomes yet another TLC reality series rocked by an underage-sex scandal, after both “Honey Boo Boo” and “19 Kids and Counting.”


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