'Sons of Guns' reality show star speaks out about alleged abuse

'Sons of Guns' reality show star speaks out about alleged abuse
William Hayden (Source: EBRSO)
William Hayden (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the stars of the "Sons of Guns" reality show made new allegations of abuse on the Dr. Phil show Thursday afternoon.

Will Hayden's daughter Stephanie Hayden Ford told Dr. Phil that she believes there are other victims.

"I decided to appear on Dr. Phil to tell my story exclusively because I know he would take it seriously," said Ford in a news release. "With my father now in jail, everyone in my family and in our company are now talking openly for the first time. I have nothing to gain from this exclusive interview, but to begin living in truth and getting help for myself and my sister. I just pray that our story will somehow prevent another victim from staying silent."

Investigators are currently looking into the cases against Will Hayden. He is accused of raping and molesting a number of young women.

Hayden's daughter Stephanie claimed her father touched her inappropriately when she was 12 years old. He has not been charged in that case.

"There are far too many victims of sexual abuse in our country today and those of us who have been affected, must stand up and report our abusers without fear," said Ford. "We must speak out if we are to stop the stigma of sexual abuse and empower ourselves as survivors. Working together, we can heal our wounds, restore our spirits and stop these crimes from cycling in families."

Hayden has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, all separate victims. Two of the rape charges are in East Baton Rouge Parish, the other rape charge and indecent behavior charge is out of Livingston Parish.

Detectives in Livingston Parish said the rape charge is from March 2013 involving a girl who was 11 years old at the time. They added another girl recently came forward and told them she was a victim of Hayden's in 1995 when she was 12 or 13 years old. He is charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile from those allegations.

Hayden was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center last week. However, he remains locked up in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, so a hold was placed on him. If Hayden pays the $250,000 bond to get out of jail in East Baton Rouge Parish, he will be transferred back to jail in Livingston Parish.

His bond on the aggravated rape charge in Livingston Parish is $100,000 and $25,000 for the indecent behavior with a juvenile charge.

The Discovery Channel announced the "Sons of Guns" series was canceled after Hayden was charged with the first accusation of aggravated rape of a 12-year-old.

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