Prosecutors: Victim in Child Sexual Abuse Case Held Captive for 8 Months

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Prosecutors have requested the bond for a man accused of multiple child pornography related crimes be raised to $1 million after some disturbing new details were revealed about the case.

*Disclaimer: the following story contains non-explicit, but disturbing information about child abuse charges.

Carl Phillip Herold, 32, is charged with two counts of Sodomy 1st, Aggravated Child Abuse, and three counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12.

The motion to increase Herold’s bond stated, “The victim in this case was kept in Defendant’s home, without schooling or interaction with others outside the supervision on Defendant or his co-defendants, for eight months.”

The motion also claimed Herold repeatedly took the victim across state lines for criminal sexual purposes.

Prosecutors argue since Herold was willing to cross state lines in the past and has no familial ties to Huntsville or Madison County, a high bond is needed to make sure he stays in the Madison County area.

In an earlier filing, Herold was accused of videotaping and photographing a nude 9-year-old who was being sodomized and sexually tortured.

During a hearing on Monday afternoon, prosecutors also sought a $1 million cash bond for Charles Walker Dunnavant in connection with this case.

Charles Dunnavant was charged with sodomy, sexual torture, aggravated child abuse and transmitting/exposing person to an STD for his connection to the Huntsville child sexual abuse and pornography case. (Sarah Cole/al.com)

Charles Dunnavant was charged with sodomy, sexual torture, aggravated child abuse and transmitting/exposing person to an STD for his connection to the Huntsville child sexual abuse and pornography case. (Sarah Cole/al.com)

Dunnavant is charged with sodomy, sexual torture, aggravated child abuse and transmitting or exposing someone to a sexually transmitted disease, according to Assistant District Attorney Jason Scully-Clemmons.

Scully-Clemmons says both men are considered co-defendants in the case. Scully-Clemmons would not rule out the possibility of other people being involved and said the case is still an open investigation.

Dunnavant, who is from north Alabama-southern Tennessee, worked as a loan officer for Redstone Federal Credit Union until the investigation began in early November, Madison County Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Helix said in court Monday.

Our news partners at al.com reported Dunnavant lived with Herold  in Huntsville. Court records list Herold’s address on the 3000 block of Lakewood Drive Northwest.

Dunnavant was arrested at a family home in Lincoln County, Tenn., Friday investigators said. During a hearing Monday seeking to raise Dunnavant’s bond from $276,000 cash-only to $1 million cash-only, Huntsville Police Department investigator Chad Smith testified he was contacted by the FBI in early November about the possibility of a child sex victim in Huntsville.

Smith said investigators came across numerous photos depicting sexual torture involving a child. Smith said investigators had an interview with the child, who is now 9.

In arguing for the $1 million bond, Helix said bond is about securing the defendant’s presence in court and community safety.

“He has the means of travel, family out of state and some of the allegations are there was much travel in the lives of Dunnavant and Herold,” she said. “They held the child captive for eight months and there are no standards, taboos or lines this defendant and his co-defendant hesitated to cross.”

The cases are expected to be consolidated for prosecution in Madison County.

“There are other potential jurisdictions with defendants, not anywhere near Alabama,” Helix said.

Herold is scheduled to go before a Madison County judge on Tuesday afternoon.

WHNT News 19 will continue to aggressively track down new information in this case.  

(Our news partners at The Huntsville Times/AL.com contributed to this report)

17 comments

  • carolineredbrook

    Accused pedophiles like Dunnavant, Herold, Sylvain Kustyan andJerry Sandusky, etc., must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky, Dunnavant and Herold are now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland.. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!

  • carolineredbrook

    Accused pedophiles like Dunnavant, Herold, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc., must be apprehended BEFORE they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Dunnavant, Herold and Sandusky are now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!

  • Sue

    There should be NO BOND for this animal!!! He and anyone helping him should be given to prisoners for fun and torture! -everyday! There is no excuse for that- let him/them see how it feels over and over again!

  • jamison-jones

    just curious…is there a record anywhere where this child was reported missing by the parents? how much effort was put into finding her?

    i mean the guy is an animal no doubt but alot of this stuff is just ridiculous………..

  • WHNT News 19

    The child is a boy. There was not a missing person’s report involved. We withheld some details from the court records in our report, in order to protect the identity of the victim.

    • kara

      I think the poster who asked how much effort was put into finding “her” was asking about the mother of the accused’s son, poor grammar aside.

  • jamison-jones

    come on people…..how can this be that the parents never filed anything anywhere about this missing boy?? I mean for 8 long months and nobody knows where he’s at? was he found by default or something??

    Thank God he’s alive and hopefully this idiot is put in general population but to be honest, i’m still perplexed and like u say, YOU ARE WITHHOLDING ALOT OF INFO. Hopefully u have one which shows some effort on the side of the parents trying to find him…..

    • lukebandit

      This sounds like the women who were held hostage for 10 years in Ohio. NO BOND!!! NO BOND!!! Put them in General Population. WHO CARES??? That poor little boy. My heart breaks for him.

      • Ava Litton

        What a ridiculous thing to say. You have no idea what it is like to be a liberal thinker. And what does it have to do with this poor boy and his filthy/hideous captors.. they will get theirs in prison

    • Sue

      One or several of his SICK DEMENTED lovers of child porn will probably help get him out unless they are afraid of getting caught for participating.He will skip town and kidnap some other little children and do the same. How many children will he torture before they catch him again? He could go “underground” and do this for years!!! Prosecute him to the fullest. Better still leave the cell door open and let the fun begin! Maybe he will be found hanging from the ceiling. Oh what a shame- Ha Ha!!!!

  • Sundowner998

    Please everyone stop referring to these psychopaths as “animals”. I happen to have several pets and find the use of this metaphor offensive to me and my pets. Maybe “scumbags” or something like that would be more appropriate. Thanks.

  • Alicia

    Stop the wickedness. If there is any justice, truth and righteousness then the man needs to be given his consequences behind bars and no way out. Unless the city or state or nation wants to ruin the chdren who wi be the future and there for leading country. How can anyone stand for what’s right if they don’t know it!!!!

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