Grand Jury Indicts Former ‘Sons of Guns’ Star Will Hayden On Mulitple Rape Charges

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has indicted former reality TV star Will Hayden on multiple counts of rape involving two preteen victims — one a recent victim and the other from two decades ago.

Similarly, in early November a grand jury in Livingston Parish led to Hayden, 49, being charged with the 2013 raping of the same girl he’s accused of molesting recently in the Baton Rouge Parish.

Hayden is accused of raping his daughter beginning not long after her 11th birthday in March 2013 until August of this year. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, he is also accused of raping her on August 4, 2014.

Following Hayden’s first in a series of arrests in early August, a woman came forward and claimed that Hayden raped her in the 1990s when she was 12 years old. Now in her 30s, she told detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office that her reason for not coming forward earlier was because she didn’t think her family would have believed her. The allegation resulted in Hayden being charged with forcible rape.

The woman stated that at the time of the rape, she was staying with Hayden’s family because her house had burned down.

Additionally, Hayden’s oldest daughter and former “Sons of Guns” co-star, Stephanie Hayden Ford, has also alleged sexual abuse, which occurred around 20 years ago.

According to Ford, her father walked into her bedroom one night while drunk and began pinching and kissing her while trying to disrobe her. She said she escaped and he never touched her inappropriately again.

Hayden was indicted by the Livingston Parish grand jury for said crime.


In all, Hayden has been charged with three counts of aggravated rape — two in East Baton Rouge Parish and one in Livingston Parish.

Each of the three charges of aggravated rape carries with it a mandatory life sentence. Hayden also faces charges of forcible rape, which carries a sentence of 5 to 40 years.

Hayden is the former owner of Red Jacket Firearms, which was the focus of the now-canceled and once-popular Discovery Channel show, “Sons of Guns.” In reality, Hayden did not own the company, and the Federal Firearms License (FFL) for the company was held by other corporate officers. The company has since quickly severed all ties with Hayden.

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