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TLC reality star Toby Willis charged with child rape

September 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
TLC reality star Toby Willis charged with child rape

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The star of the TLC reality star Toby Willis, of the show “The Willis Family” is facing accusations of raping an underage girl, according to officials.

On Friday, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged 46-year-old Toby Willis with one count of child rape after a days-long investigation had indicated that he engaged in a sexual encounter with a child about 12 years ago, a news release reported.

According to CNN, authorities took Toby Willis into custody in Greenville, Kentucky, after he had initially fled from police. As of Friday, he was being held without bond at Muhlenberg County Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant.

According to officials, although the investigation is ongoing, Willis will be extradited to Tennessee where he will continue to be held without bond.

“The Willis Family,” which premiered on TLC back in 2015, followed the country band family — Willis, his wife Brenda, and their 12 kids, whose names all start with the letter J, also known on stage as The Willis Clan.

“TLC did not renew ‘The Willis Family’ and new episodes have not aired since April 2016,” a network representative said in a statement to the Daily News. “We are shocked to hear this news.”

By Saturday, TLC had taken down the show’s website and social media account.

The family was informed of the show’s termination in May, according to a source.

TLC had conducted “extensive and vigorous” background checks on the entire family, including Toby, and found no concerns, the insider stated.

The Discovery Communications operation is no stranger to scandal: it was forced to cut its popular show “19 Kids and Counting” last year after star Josh Duggar allegedly molested five girls, including his two sisters Jessa and Jill, when he was a teenager.

He ultimately spent six months in a faith-based rehabilitation center after the Ashley Madison data infringement exposed that he was addicted to porn and had been unfaithful to his wife.

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