Grand jury indicts 'Sons of Guns' star on rape counts

Grand jury indicts 'Sons of Guns' star on rape counts
Published: Dec. 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Court officials confirmed a star on the canceled reality television series "Sons of Guns" was indicted Wednesday on multiple rape counts.

The clerk of court's office said an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury formally charged William Hayden, 49, with two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. A total of four victims have made claims against the founder of Red Jacket Firearms.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Hayden was initially arrested on Aug. 8, 2014 on charges of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature for alleged sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl in connection with an incident that allegedly happened on August 4.

Detectives then re-booked Hayden on August 26 on a charge of aggravated rape related to that same girl.

About a month after the initial arrest, detectives said more charges were filed against Hayden after a woman reported he had allegedly raped her 22 years ago when she was 12 years old.

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

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

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