Authorities in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes on Monday brought new accusations of rape and sexual misconduct against Will Hayden, the star of the now-canceled “Sons of Guns” reality TV show, on behalf of three victims — one child and two women who allege Hayden sexually abused them when they were 12 to 13 years old.
Hayden, already accused of raping a girl in East Baton Rouge Parish from March 2013 until July, was accused in the rape of a different girl more than 20 years ago, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Following the second of Hayden’s two arrests in August, a 34-year-old woman contacted Sheriff’s Office detectives and told them Hayden raped her 22 years ago. Only 12 years old at the time of the rape, the woman told authorities in late August that she didn’t come forward initially because she didn’t know if her family would believe her, according to a warrant for Hayden’s arrest.
The 34-year-old woman told deputies that Hayden raped her while she was staying with his family at a Cedarcrest Avenue apartment, the warrant says. She was staying there because her house had burned down in a fire.
Although she didn’t come forward to authorities with the allegations until recently, the woman did tell her husband about four years ago that Hayden raped her when she was younger, the warrant says. Detectives confirmed with the husband that the conversation took place.
Meanwhile, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that Hayden is accused in that parish of a March 2013 rape of a girl who was 11 years old at the time.
It was unclear if the girl in question was a different girl or the same girl Hayden is accused of raping in East Baton Rouge Parish. In East Baton Rouge, Hayden is accused of raping a girl beginning in March 2013, when the girl was 11, until July 2014, when she was 12.
In addition, a woman now in her 30s — not the same woman as in East Baton Rouge — came forward in Livingston Parish recently and told deputies that Hayden kissed her inappropriately in 1995. She was 12 or 13 years old at the time, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Hayden is accused of indecent behavior with a juvenile in that instance.
In total, Hayden has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of molestation of a juvenile, aggravated crimes against nature, forcible rape and aggravated rape. In Livingston Parish, he has been booked on one count each of aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Hayden’s attorney, Frank C. Holthaus, said Monday that he could not comment on the matter until he had more information about the new allegations.
Hayden’s recent legal troubles began with his arrest Aug. 8 on the counts of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature. He is accused of inappropriately kissing while naked on Aug. 4 the same girl he is accused of raping over a recent 14-month period in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He posted a $150,000 bail after that first arrest and was released.
Then, on Aug. 26, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Hayden on the rape accusations against the same girl. The girl told detectives she didn’t tell them initially that she was raped because she was threatened and intimidated by Hayden, according to a warrant for his arrest on Aug. 26.
Hayden’s bail in East Baton Rouge, where he is being held at the Parish Prison, was $250,000 on the original counts. His new bail wasn’t available Monday afternoon.
In Livingston Parish, where Hayden was booked Friday on counts of aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile, his bail is set at $125,000.
The final episode of “Sons of Guns,” a reality TV show revolving around Red Jacket Firearms LLC, a Baton Rouge gun shop founded by Hayden, aired in May.
The show, which was in its fifth season, was canceled following Hayden’s arrest in late August.
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