TLC Reality Star Toby Willis Arrested for Alleged Rape of a Child
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Toby 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 the agency.
Police allege that Willis had sex with an underage girl around 2004, and that he allegedly recently fled to Kentucky to evade arrest. He was arrested Friday in Greenville, Kentucky, and faces extradition to Cheatham County, Tennessee.
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."
TLC told "Extra" in a statement, "TLC did not renew 'The Willis Family' and new episodes have not aired since April 2016. We are shocked to hear this news."
"The Willis Family" becomes yet another reality series rocked by an underage-sex scandal, after both "Honey Boo Boo" and "19 Kids and Counting."