Co-defendant in Child Sexual Abuse Case Held on $1 Million Bond


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/

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The man accused as a co-defendant in connection with the case of a child sexual abuse victim who prosecutors say was held captive for eight months has had his bail raised to $1 million.

Charles Walker 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.

Dunnavant is the domestic partner and co-defendant of Carl Harold. Herold, also being held on $1 million bond, is 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.

Both men remain locked up in the Madison County Detention Facility at this time. Bill Honea is on board of the Alabama Bail Bonding Association. Honea says a million dollar cash bond is rare and indicates a judge and prosecutor determined to keep the defendants in jail.

Dunnavant, who is from the Tennessee Valley, 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.

“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,” Helix 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.”

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