Wow, there's been some seriously disturbing news related to Discovery Channel's reality show Sons of Guns. The star, founder and owner of Red Jacket Firearms, Will Hayden, was arrested yesterday and charged with the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old child.
This is actually Hayden's second arrest, since he was booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature on August 9. At the time, Hayden claimed they were false claims made by the child's mother, but now the child herself has come forward with some extremely upsetting allegations.
Trigger warning: descriptions of sexual abuse ahead.
After his arrest on August 9, Hayden posted a $150,000 bond and was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The EBR Sheriff's office spokeswoman says that during that investigation, they received more information about the rapes, which allegedly occurred from March 2013 to July 2014.
The alleged victim told deputies that Hayden had raped her orally and vaginally almost daily after he took her virginity when she was just 11 years old. She says he would take her into his bedroom to commit these acts, and that she initially didn't disclose any information because Hayden allegedly threatened her physically, and told her, "Don't tell them nothing, because I'm all you got."
The U.S. Marshal in East Baton Rouge Pari arrested Hayden on Tuesday afternoon. He had an active warrant and was apprehended as a fugitive.
Red Jacket Firearms has posted the following on their Facebook page:
Today, Red Jacket Firearms has received complete legal separation as an entity, from Will Hayden. We will continue to operate, although with heavy hearts and promise to do everything in our power to fill customer orders, back orders and provide support to those affected by these new developments.
Hayden's older daughter Stephanie, who appears on Sons of Guns beside him, defended his innocence via Facebook after his first arrest:
This was a false allegation and unfortunately that's all it takes. My father is a good man, and ALL of his children love him very much and are truly sickened that a person would try to do this to our family. Its not right. You see the love we have for our family ... The one thing that really hurts us is that my sister is heartbroken that anyone could think this of her father. Its a nightmare ... please stand with us.
The man is innocent until proven guilty, but these are some pretty damning accusations. Considering the child herself is making the claims at this point, I'm thinking it's going to be a lot harder for people to believe his ex made up the story to seek revenge against him. Whatever the real story is, it's an awful development, and I hope justice is served one way or another soon.
What's your gut reaction to this second arrest? Do you think Will Hayden will end up serving time?
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