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A former editor for TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor.
56-year-old William Blankinship was arrested in North Carolina last week as part of a State Bureau Investigation sting called "Operation Spyglass."
A total of 24 men were charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and/or sexual acts with a minor. Blankinship's 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor means he possessed material that contained a "visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity," aka child porn.
He not only on Jon & Kate, but also Kate Plus 8, 17 Kids and Counting and Table for 12 - all shows featuring children.
Thankfully, he didn't work directly with any children though. The company who hired him, Figure 8 Films, released a statement:
"Bill Blankinship was employed by Serious Robots, with whom Figure 8 Films subcontract for editing services. Upon learning of the shocking allegations his employment was terminated. At no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of our productions."
Thank goodness, he was caught and arrested. This man doesn't deserve to have a job, let alone his freedom.