The Willis Clan's Dad Arrested on Child Rape Charge

The Willis Clan
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The Willis Clan

Toby Willis starred on TLC's "The Willis Family" reality show & his family's singing group competed on "America's Got Talent" in 2014.

Officials say the father of singing group The Willis Clan has been arrested and charged in a child rape investigation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a new release that agents arrested Toby Willis of Ashland City on Friday in Greenville, Kentucky, where he had gone to avoid officers.

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The release says the 46-year-old, who starred with his family on TLC's The Willis Family reality show, was charged with one count of rape of a child and was being held without bond on a fugitive from justice warrant. It was not known whether he has a lawyer who could comment on the case.

The TBI says an investigation that began Aug. 29 found information that Willis, who is originally from Chicago, had a sexual encounter with an underage female about 12 years ago. The family's TLC reality show focuses on their musical group, The Willis Clan, which includes 12 Willis children.

The Willis Clan reached the quarterfinals of America's Got Talent in 2014. Their album Chapter Two - Boots debuted on the Bluegrass Albums chart in May 2015 at No. 6 before peaking at No. 2 the following April. Heaven debuted on a number of charts in June 2015, peaking at No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums, No. 8 on Independent Albums and No. 157 on the Billboard 200 chart.


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