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Jon & Kate TV Editor Arrested for Child Porn Possession

South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys

Los Angeles, CA – A 56-year-old TV editor who worked on “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and other cable reality shows featuring kids has been charged with possession of child pornography.
According to Yahoo News, documents obtained by RadarOnline say William Blankinship was arrested October 21 in North Carolina as part of an FBI sting.  He has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Blankinship is a subcontractor for Figure 8 Films, and has worked on TLC shows including

  •  “Jon and Kate Plus 8,”
  • spin-off “Kate Plus 8,”
  • “17 Kids and Counting” and
  • “Table for 12.”

No bond has been set yet for Blankinship, who remains under the authority of U.S. Marshals.

Figure 8 Films released a statement to US Weekly that said: “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.”

The statement went on to say that “at no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contract with any of the talent from any of our productions.”

By: South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Pete Strom