Reality TV’s ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8′ Editor Arrested for Child Porn

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56-year-old William Blankinship, a TV editor who worked on TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8 and other family-oriented reality shows, was arrested Oct. 21 on child porn-related charges, reports RadarOnline.

Blankinship has been charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, meaning he possessed photos and/or video of a minor engaged in sexual activity. A subcontractor for Figure 8 Films, Blankenship edited such TLC shows as the Gosselin-family smash Jon and Kate Plus 8, its spinoff Kate Plus 8, 17 Kids and Counting and Table for 12.

No bond has been set for the accused man; he is likely “under the authority of the U.S. Marshals” until trial, according to a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“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,” Figure 8 films said in a statement.

He was never in contact with the famous eight Gosselin kids or any other of TLC’s stars, 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 productions.”

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