$1 Million Cash Only Bond Set For Man Accused of Holding Child Sexual Abuse Victim Captive

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Prosecutors have successfully secured a $1 million cash-only bond for Carl Phillip Herold, the man accused of holding a child captive for eight months and accused of videotaping and photographing a nude 9-year-old who was being sodomized and sexually tortured.

Herold 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 argued 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.

The judge agreed with the prosecutors and ruled that Herold represented a threat and a flight risk, raising the bonds on each of the charges against him to reach a total of $1 million cash.

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)

Charles Walker Dunnavant is also charged in connection with this case. Prosecutors also sought a $1 million cash bond for him on Monday.

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.

Prosecutors today clarified that that the “captive” victim in this case was not locked up, but instead not allowed out of the sight or custody of his captors and not schooled or allowed to play with other children.