Toby Willis: Did He Rape His Own Child?

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We can't believe we're asking the question posed in the headline above, either.

But here we disgustingly are.

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Earlier this month, Toby Willis was arrested on a charge of child rape.

The patriarch of The Willis Clan, which is a country music group who was featured on its own TLC reality series, Willis is accused of a sexual encounter with a minor.

The alleged incident took place about 12 years ago.

According to initial reports, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations had started looking into the father of eight a couple weeks prior to his arrest.

However, Willis fled from his home at the time and, after several days of being on the lam, was eventually apprehended in Kentucky.

Now, The Daily Beast has an even more disturbing update regarding Willis and his arrest:

The website writes that a "child rape" charge only comes into play in Tennessee if the alleged victim is between the ages of 3 and 12.

First off: GROSS.

Willis is therefore accused of a sexual tryst with a child who was not older than 12 years old.

Second, according to court documents obtained by FOX411, the alleged victim is a female Willis family member.

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This bears repeating: the alleged victim is a female Willis family member.

As previously stated, Toby and his wife Brenda have eight kids.

It remains possible that the victim was not one of Toby's own kids, however, but a different family member (e.g. a niece).

Nashville's Newschannel 5 reported more explicit details of the alleged incident on Wednesday, meanwhile.

"The report stated she was removed by Willis from her bed and raped,” the station says. “The reports added unlawful penetration by Willis took place when the child was older than 3 but younger than 13.

"Authorities confirmed Willis was told he was not allowed to go around his biological children or his wife."

Brenda issued a statement after her husband’s arrest, letting fans know that the family band will not be giving any performances any time soon.

She also made it clear that she is siding with the District Attorney’s Office, which is pretty interesting.

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"I was shocked and devastated by the revelation of events leading to Toby Willis’ arrest," said Brenda.

"As these are very trying times for the Willis family, I kindly ask all to respect our family’s privacy. As a mother of twelve, my first priority remains with my children and helping them through this traumatic event.

"We are cancelling all appearances for the foreseeable future to focus on the children and their well-being. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

"We have, and will continue, to fully cooperate with law enforcement officials and ask that you direct all inquires regarding Toby Willis’ case to the District Attorney’s office who have our complete support."

This case sounds eerily similar to that of another TLC star, Josh Duggar.

It came to light in the spring of 2015 that not had Duggar committed child molestation as a teenager... but that the victim was one of his own sisters.

The Willis Family premiered last year on TLC, chronicling the lives of Toby, Brenda and their 12 children (whose names all start with the letter "J."

The family of entertainers first became known when they reached the quarterfinals on season 9 of America's Got Talent in 2014.

In response to this sordid scandal, TLC said in a statement of its own:

"TLC did not renew The Willis Family and new episodes have not aired since April 2016. We are shocked to hear this news."

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