Bill Blankinship, who worked on the production side of Jon and Kate Plus 8 for at least 23 episodes, now shows up on North Carolina's sex offender registry, which shows he was convicted and registered last April, and will serve 48 months of probation. He was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree.
Now that a reality t.v. crew member is a registered sex offender, will this finally wake parents and viewers up to the dangers of turning your child over for public consumption in the name of the almighty dollar?
A large bust in North Carolina last October included the arrest of William Johnson Blankinship, credited by TLC as Bill Blankinship, who is listed as a writer, editor and on-line editor for Jon and Kate Plus 8 from 2007-2009 and an on-line editor for Kate Plus 8 from 2010-2011. Blankinship also worked on 19 Kids and Counting, Sister Wives and Table for 12, three other TLC shows about children.
According to authorities, "Operation Spyglass" resulted in the arrest of 24 men over five months on felony charges ranging from the possession and distribution of child pornography to indecent liberties with a minor. Several of the men will be charged with felonies and could face prison time.
Last year, Jon confirmed he met Blankinship several times during filming of the show. He said he was "freaked out" to learn of the arrest.