The Willis Clan's Toby Willis Pleads Guilty to Child Rape

12 Juillet, 2017, 07:00 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Reality TV star sentenced to 40 years in prison for raping children as young as 9

Toby Willis, the father of singing group The Willis Clan, pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape on Tuesday (July 11) and will serve 40 years in prison.

Willis received 25-year sentences on two of the rape counts and 40-year sentences on the other two counts, according to Julie Hibbs, the circuit court clerk in Cheatham County, Tennessee.

The sentences will be concurrent and served 100%, meaning he won't be released until 2057.

Willis has been in the Cheatham County Jail since September 2016, when he was arrested for the rape of a young girl between the ages of 9 and 12 that had occurred 12 years ago.

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In a statement released by their attorney after Tuesday's plea, the Tennessean reports, Willis' family said they were grateful for the "the outpouring of love and support during this most hard year".

Toby Willis and his musical family of 14, who perform as The Willis Clan, first gained national attention when they competed on the 9th season of America's Got Talent and made it all the way to the quarter-finals. Finally, the family would like to thank the District Attorney's office for their diligence and sensitivity in the handling of this case.

Toby Willis, the dad from TLC's "The Willis Family" has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for raping a child about 12 years go. They were later approached by TLC and starred in the network's reality show The Willis Family for two seasons.

The investigation into Toby Willis began in August 2016 after a family member reported the rape allegations to police. "The family is appreciative and grateful that people have respected their need for privacy during this trying time and asks for continued respect as they seek to move forward".


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