Toby Willis of The Willis Family Appears in Court on Child Rape Charges Following Shocking Arrest
Toby Willis, former TLC reality star, appeared in a Kentucky court on Monday
Toby Nathaniel Willis appeared in court in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on Monday after being charged with child rape this past weekend.
Willis did not have an attorney in Muhlenberg County district court today, Circuit Court Clerk Camron Laycock tells PEOPLE.
During the hearing, Laycock confirmed that 46-year-old Willis did not oppose extradition, meaning that the state of Tennessee has up to 60 days to retrieve him from across state lines. (Will was not given the opportunity to enter a plea on Monday and isn’t expected to do so until he is formally charged in Tennessee.)
The father of , a country music group that once had show on TLC, was arrested Friday after being investigated for allegedly having a sexual encounter with an underage girl in Nashville about 12 years ago, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said in a statement.
TBI agents said that they arrested Willis in Greenville, Kentucky, where he reportedly fled from his home in Ashland City, Tennessee, to avoid police. He was charged with one count of rape of a child.
Willis continues to be held in the Muhlenberg County Jail in Kentucky without bond as a fugitive from justice. He will be moved to Cheatham County Jail in his hometown, where he will also be held without bond, according to the TBI statement.
Willis and his family starred on TLC’s The Willis Family, which followed their life as a musical family of 14. Toby, his wife Brenda, and their 12 children first rose to fame when they reached the quarterfinals of season nine of America’s Got Talent.
The show has aired two seasons on TLC, the last of which ended this past April 19.
• Reporting by JEFF TRUESDELL