Documents obtained by RadarOnline confirm that 56-year-old William Blankinship was arrested Oct. 21 on charges related to possession of imagery of sexual activity of a minor (or to put it more bluntly, child pornography). No matter what you may have thought of the series, considering his work with shows involving children, the only words that come to mind are "creepy."
Blankinship has been charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, which means that he was in possession of photos and / or video of a minor engaged in sexual activity. Blankenship was a subcontractor for Figure 8 Films. He had been involved in editing such TLC shows as previously mentioned Gosselin-family smash hit "Jon and Kate Plus 8," its now-cancelled spinoff "Kate Plus 8," as well as "17 Kids and Counting" and "Table for 12."
A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons told RadarOnline that he is likely "under the authority of the U.S. Marshals" until trial. In addition, no bond has been set for the Blankinship.
In a statement, Figure 8 films said the following: "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."
As clarification, the Figure 8 films statement added that William Blankinship was never in direct contact with any of the Gosselin children, or any other of the children of TLC related shows. The statement added. "At no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of our [Figure 8] productions."
For those who forgot exactly what "Jon and Kate Plus 8" was all about, from Wikipedia:
Jon & Kate Plus 8, named Kate Plus 8 from the sixth season on, was an American reality television series airing on TLC. It is produced by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children: Fraternal Twins(Two Girls) and Sextuplets (3 Boys & 3 Girls). The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show was one of the highest rated programs on TLC during its run, with the fifth season premiere seen by a record 9.8 million viewers, the most watched show of that evening including broadcast television, twice as many viewers as the show’s previous series high. The last episode was aired on September 12, 2011.
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