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Reality TV dad pleads guilty to child rape in Tennessee

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/12/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The father of reality TV's "The Willis Family" has pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape.

News outlets report 47-year-old Toby Willis entered his plea Tuesday in Cheatham County Circuit Court and will spend a total of 40 years in jail.

He was arrested in September 2016 after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation story found that Willis had a sexual encounter with an underage girl about 12 years ago.

Willis, his wife, Brenda, and their 12 children performed Irish-inspired roots music as the Willis Clan, advancing to the quarter-finals of "America's Got Talent," and starring in a since-cancelled TLC show for two seasons.

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