‘Bachelorette’ Star Arrested for Child Pornography
One former Bachelor Nation member has been arrested and charged for child pornography. According to TMZ, former “Bachelorette” star Joshua
One former Bachelor Nation member has been arrested and charged for child pornography.
According to TMZ, former “Bachelorette” star Joshua Tylerbest was arrested last month.
TMZ reports, “According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the IT consultant was busted last month in Miami — law enforcement says a Google account registered to him was flagged for allegedly uploading approximately 50 images/videos showing child sexual abuse.
The cops got a search warrant of the Google account and claim they found evidence of Tylerbest interacting with the child pornography images.
Joshua Tylerbest — a contestant on Katie Thurston’s season of “The Bachelorette,” who actually went pretty far — has been arrested and charged with having child pornography on him. https://t.co/VjKWz7VTEO
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 30, 2023
Law enforcement says they then searched his residence and seized several electronic items, including his iPhone — which they claim contained 15 files that fit the bill for child porn. Cops claim the clips include videos of kids — some of whom are under 10 — involved in graphic sex acts with adults.”
Tylerbest has pleaded not guilty to the charges which include 15 felony counts of possession of materials showing a sexual performance by a child.
Tylerbest was on “The Bachelorette” during Katie Thurston’s season in 2021, and made it four weeks before being sent home. Since his time on the show, Tylerbest has apparently remained friendly with other Bachelor Nation members and sees them on occasion. So far, the Nation seems unaware of or unwilling to discuss Tylerbest’s arrest.
The public’s reaction of horror and disbelief to Tylerbest’s arrest appears similar to when the news outlet FACTZ broke news about the horrifying skeletons in the closet of “Deadliest Catch” Captain Josh Harris – who violently raped a 4-year-old child. There is some uncertainty around what host channel Discovery knew and when since the assault was a decade old by the time he was given fame through his time on the show.
But Tylerbest’s arrest has renewed a call for accountability in show business, and more thorough vetting of reality stars before giving them access to millions of fans.
This is a developing story.