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'Sons of Guns' star arrested for alleged rape of a minor, show cancelled

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Reality TV star Will Hayden of Discovery’s “Sons of Guns” has been arrested for the second time this month, this time for allegedly raping a minor “repeatedly” for over a year. He was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon and is being charged with the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Hayden was previously arrested on Aug. 9 in East Baton Rouge for child molestation after a woman came forth with allegations. Hayden said at the time that the accusations were false and had been made by his ex-girlfriend. He was released on a $150,000 bond the following day.

This time around, Hayden was apprehended as a fugitive from Baton Rouge in the nearby town of Livingston after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked on Wednesday and bail has been set at $250,000.

During the investigation for the initial arrest, police say they received more information from the alleged victim. A spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department said the rapes took place “almost daily” starting in March 2013, when the victim was 11, and continued to occur as late as July 2014. The now-12-year-old victim told police she did not report the crime out of fear that Hayden would hurt her. Her identity has not been released, but TMZ is reporting that she is Hayden’s daughter.

As for the show, which finished airing its fifth season this past May, Discovery was quick to pull the plug in light of the situation.

“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement.

“Sons of Guns,” a reality show centered around the Louisiana-based Red Jacket Firearms LLC, premiered on Discovery in early 2011. Hayden is the founder and owner of the business, which issued a statement Tuesday saying that Red Jacket has now “received complete legal separation as an entity” from Hayden and will continue to operate.

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