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Toby Willis Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Child Rape

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Toby Willis Guilty Sentence

By Michael Lewittes |

Toby Willis Guilty Sentence

(Muhlenberg County Detention Center)

Toby Willis pled guilty to child rape in a Cheatham County, Tennessee court on Tuesday, and is set to spend the next 40 years in prison. The former star of TLC’s “The Willis Family” was charged with four counts of rape, which took place 12 years ago. Willis will concurrently serve two 25-year terms and two 40-year sentences.

As Gossip Cop previously reported in September 2016, Willis was arrested for child rape in a sting by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. He was charged with having sex with an underage female more than a decade ago. Willis tried to flee, but he was taken into custody in Kentucky and later extradited to Tennessee. Following his arrest, TLC announced that it had canceled the show in May and that it would not renew “The Willis Family.” In a statement, the network said at the time, “We are shocked to hear this news.”

“The Willis Clan,” as they’re known professionally, were first introduced to audiences on season nine of “America’s Got Talent.” In addition to Willis and his wife Brenda, their 12 children, ranging in age from 5 to 24, sang and danced. The musical family made it to the quarterfinals in the summer of 2014. By the next year, they had their own reality series on TLC called “The Willis Family,” documenting the everyday lives of the religious and seemingly wholesome clan.

For TLC, this is the third sex scandal to plague the cable network. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was first canceled in 2014 after Mama June rekindled a romance with a convicted sex offender, who years earlier sexually abused one of her own daughters, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell. In 2015, the same year that “The Willis Family” premiered, TLC pulled the plug on “19 Kids And Counting” when it emerged that Josh Duggar had molested a number of underaged girls, including some of his of sisters.

 


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