Former “Sons of Guns” reality TV star Will Hayden is set to make his first Baton Rouge court appearance since his Dec. 17 indictment in the alleged rapes of two preteen girls more than 20 years apart.
Hayden, who is charged in East Baton Rouge Parish with two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape, will be arraigned Jan. 8 by state District Judge Mike Erwin.
Hayden, 49, of Greenwell Springs, is accused of raping one of the girls recently and the other in the 1990s.
He was charged in November by a Livingston Parish grand jury in the 2013 rape of the same girl he is accused of molesting recently in Baton Rouge.
In East Baton Rouge, Hayden is accused of raping a girl sometime between March 2013, shortly after her 11th birthday, and August of this year. He also is accused of raping her on Aug. 4, when the girl was 12. In Livingston, Hayden is accused of raping the same girl in March 2013.
The Livingston grand jury also charged him with sex crimes against his oldest daughter and former “Sons of Guns” co-star, Stephanie Hayden Ford, who in September went on the “Dr. Phil” show to talk about the incident she said occurred about 20 years ago.
Ford said on the show that her father walked into her bedroom one night while drunk many years ago and began pinching and kissing her while trying to disrobe her. Ford said she escaped and he never touched her inappropriately again.
In all, Hayden is charged with three counts of aggravated rape — two in East Baton Rouge Parish and one in Livingston Parish. An aggravated rape conviction in Louisiana carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Following Hayden’s first in a series of arrests in early August, another woman — besides Ford — came forward, claiming he molested her in the 1990s. The allegation resulted in a charge of forcible rape against Hayden in East Baton Rouge. The woman, who is now in her 30s, told authorities Hayden raped her when she was 12 years old.
A forcible rape conviction carries a sentence of 5 to 40 years.
Prior to his arrests, Hayden owned Red Jacket Firearms, a Baton Rouge custom gun shop. The shop and the people who worked there, most notably Hayden, were the center of “Sons of Guns,” a Discovery Channel show that spanned several seasons. During Hayden’s recent run-ins with the law, the show was abruptly canceled. Red Jacket Firearms also cut ties with Hayden.
Hayden has spent most of his time since late August incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bail is set at $350,000. He left briefly to be processed into the Livingston Parish Detention Center in September. His bail there was set at $125,000.
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