Athens man appears in court after sexual abuse arrest

An Athens man was arrested Monday for alleged human trafficking and sexual abuse.
Published: May. 10, 2023 at 8:56 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2023 at 12:14 PM CDT
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - An Athens man facing sexual abuse and human trafficking charges will have his case heard by a grand jury.

Chas Stiles, 77, was arrested on Monday after Limestone County authorities responded to a reported sexual assault on Snake Road. After interviewing him at the Limestone County Detention Center, deputies charged him with Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking, Sodomy, and Enticing a Child for Immoral Purpose.

Stiles was in court Thursday for an Aniah’s Law hearing and a preliminary hearing. Judge R. Gray West found probable cause and bound the case to a grand jury. Stiles was booked without bond.

Chas Stiles.
Chas Stiles.(WAFF)

During Thursday’s court proceedings, prosecutors said Stiles knew his alleged victim, a teenage male, and paid the teen to perform sex acts on him.

In a recorded interview with investigators that was played in court as evidence, Stiles claimed that the teenager wanted to perform sex acts on him and get paid for it.

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