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Former 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' Editor Arrested for Child Porn

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 1st 2011 10:45AM
Kate Plus 8William Blankinship, a former editor on TLC's 'Jon and Kate Plus 8,' was arrested and charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, according to RadarOnline.com.

Blankinship, 56, was taken into custody on Oct. 21. The sex exploit of a minor charges means he had in his possession photos and/or videos of a minor engaged in a sexual act. He was arrested in North Carolina as part of a sting known as "Operation Spyglass." Radar reports 24 men were handed felony charges for "possession and distribution of child pornography and/or sexual acts with a minor."

In addition to 'Jon and Kate,' Blankinship worked on 'Kate Plus 8,' 'Table for 12,' and '17 Kids and Counting.' The editor wasn't an employee of TLC, he was a subcontractor for Figure 8 Films. The company fired him after his arrest. He was never around any of the families featured on the TLC shows.

"Bill Blankinship was employed by Serious Robots, with whom Figure 8 Films subcontract for editing services," Figure 8 said in a statement. "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."

No bond for Blankinship has been set.

This is just the latest in child porn offense connected to a reality show. In October, Morgan Wilson, a former 'Top Chef Just Desserts' finalist was indicted on three second-degree felony charges of possession with the intent to promote child pornography.

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November 03 2011 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
juliana

Re: the Goslin kids.......That's all they need. Those kids are going to be more screwed up than we thought.

November 01 2011 at 10:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
vallontina

I'm thinking Kate won't be too happy to see her picture with this headline. I wouldn't blame her either.

November 01 2011 at 9:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Irrenmann

What if he's found not guilty? I don't know if they ought to fire him just for being charged with a crime.

November 01 2011 at 8:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
robertstone1robert

I know , he was doing undercover work for he was going to run Nov. 31,

November 01 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heidi Ann

Now that's just creepy. It makes me wonder if he looked at the videos and had fantasies. What a sick puppy! I can't imagine how someone would look at a child and get sexually aroused. That's just nasty.

November 01 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
aflacrap

life in prison shall do some good

November 01 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tiredofcorruption

And aol left his mug off the front of the story because it is on video! Blow up a huge mug shot and run it like any other predator...lenience before he gets to trial is our problem with this type of predator. We don't want to see them for what they are and we become anxious over how it will affect others close to the perpetrator. Shine a big huge light on it like Madoff and possibly even Rick Scott of Florida.

November 01 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jusasmile823

Sick Mother f**ker...Is there anything else to say???

November 01 2011 at 7:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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