Update: A week before he was to go to trial, Toby Willis agreed to accept a deal for two 25 year sentences and two 40 year sentences. All four sentences will run concurrently, and Willis will be eligible for parole.
March 2017 Update:
TLC star Toby Willis denied four charges of rape as he was arraigned on Monday in Tennessee. The 46-year-old was arrested in October for allegedly raping a nine or ten-year-old girl 12 years ago.
He initially faced a single count of child rape but the charge has been quadrupled. Officials would not address whether the charges relate to one girl or if they believe he had several victims. Willis has reportedly undergone a mental health evaluation, but the results have not been made public.
From the TBI (From Sept. 2016):
NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged an Ashland City man in connection to an ongoing child rape investigation.
At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Agents began investigating Toby Nathaniel Willis (DOB 4-29-70) on August 29th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information Willis had a sexual encounter approximately 12 years ago with an underage female. The investigation into Willis remains active and ongoing.
Today, TBI Agents arrested the 46-year-old in Greenville, Kentucky, where he traveled in an effort to avoid law enforcement, and charged him with one count of Rape of a Child. At the time of this release, he was being held in the Muhlenberg County Jail without bond on a Fugitive from Justice warrant. He will ultimately face extradition to Cheatham County, where once booked, he will be held in the Cheatham County Jail without bond.
Editor’s Note: Toby Willis is a star of the TLC reality show The Willis Family.