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Sex abuse suspect found hanged in jail cell

Carl Phillip Herold faces multiple sex charges for crimes involving a child. (Source: WAFF) Carl Phillip Herold faces multiple sex charges for crimes involving a child. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County man charged with sex abuse and sodomy was found dead in his Clay County jail cell as he was in the process of being extradited to New York on federal charges.Carl Herold and his domestic partner, Charles Dunnavant, were charged with more than 30 counts of sodomy and sexual abuse. Investigators said they held a child captive for more than eight months.

Jail staff found Herold hanged in his cell on Monday night. He was scheduled to appear in federal court in New York on Nov 21. His Huntsville trial had been pushed back to early 2015.

"We are saddened by this event, but we were prepared to prosecute Herold. Today our utmost concern is for his victim," said Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Helix.

"I'm stunned because I met with Herold just last week and he seemed upbeat, still proclaiming his innocence and was eager to go to trial to prove it," said Herold's attorney, Adam Bollaert who has been on the case for about a year. "I stand by my client's innocence and I wish we would have a chance to prove it in court."

Assistant District Attorney Jason Scully-Clemmons said he wishes Herold was brave enough to face justice.

"Some will tell you someone is not going to commit suicide unless they're guilty, others will say that's not what it means at all," said Scully-Clemmons. "However, part of the problem is this apparent suicide robs the people in New York and the people of Madison County the opportunity to really hear what happened and for the defendant to face justice."

"Throughout this entire process, we have felt for the victim, a great deal of sadness and sympathy for the victim and I don't think what happened today makes it any better," he said. "It may even make it worse."

Dunnavant, Herold's partner, remains in Metro Jail.

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