Father of The Willis Clan charged with child rape

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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The father of the country group, The Willis Clan, has been arrested and charged with one count of child rape.

Toby Willis, 46, was taken into custody Friday in connection to the ongoing and active case.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation started investigating Willis on Aug. 29. Agents reportedly obtained information showing that he had a sexual encounter with an underage girl 12 years ago.

The TBI says they located Willis, who’s from Ashland City, in Greenville, Kentucky, after he reportedly traveled to the state to avoid authorities.

Willis is 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.

Willis and his family were stars of the hit TLC reality show, “The Willis Family.” It followed the singing group, which consists of 12 children, as they performed around the country.News 2 is committed to tracking crime across Middle Tennessee. Visit wkrn.com/crimetracker for the latest.

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