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Zimbabwe Child Brides Fight Back in Court

Across sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of women are married as children.

Across sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of women are married as children.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Two former child brides have taken Zimbabwe’s government to court in a ground-breaking bid to get child marriages declared illegal and unconstitutional.

Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi say child marriage, which is rife in Zimbabwe, is a form of child abuse which traps girls in lives of poverty and suffering.

“I’ve faced so many challenges. My husband beat me. I wanted to stay in school but he refused. It was very, very terrible,” said Tsopodzi, a mother of one, who was married at 15.

“I want to take this action to make a difference,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Harare on Tuesday. “There are a lot of children getting married.”

Data published last year indicates one third of girls in Zimbabwe marry before their 18th birthday and 5 percent before they turn 15.

Child marriage deprives girls of education and opportunities, jeopardizes their health and increases the risks of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse and death or serious injury in childbirth.

In their statements to the Constitutional Court, Tsopodzi and Mudzuru, now 19 and 20, say Zimbabwe’s Marriage Act is discriminatory because it sets the minimum age at 16 for girls and 18 for boys. The Customary Marriage Act sets no minimum age.

They say the law should be brought into line with Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution as well as regional and international treaties banning child marriage.

The 2013 constitution says every child under 18 has the right to parental care, education and protection from “economic and sexual exploitation”.

It does not set a minimum marriage age, but states that no one should be forced to marry against their will and indicates that 18 is the minimum age for starting a family.

VICIOUS CIRCLE

Poverty is the driving force behind child marriage in Zimbabwe. Parents often marry girls off so they have one less mouth to feed. Dowry payments may be a further incentive.

Some communities also see child marriage as a way of protecting girls from having premarital sex.

In her affidavit, Mudzuru described how child marriage and poverty create a vicious circle.

“Young girls who marry early and often in poor families are then forced to produce young children in a sea of poverty and the cycle begins again,” she stated.

Mudzuru, who was married at 16 and had two children before she was 18, said her life was “hell” and she spent her days trapped in drudgery.

“My life is really tough. Raising a child when you are a child yourself is hard,” she said by phone from her home in Harare. “I should be going to school.”

The girls’ lawyer, former finance minister Tendai Biti, presented the legal challenge in January.

Beatrice Savadye, who heads rights group ROOTS which is backing the ground-breaking case, said it had generated a lot of interest both inside Zimbabwe and in other countries in the region.

She said it was unclear when the court would give its decision, but that it had to rule within six months.

Globally, some 15 million girls are married off every year. Across sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of women are married as children.

 

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Couple Pleads Guilty to Raping 1-Year-Old Girl, Videotaping Assault

Stevie Foehl appears for her preliminary hearing at Kent County District Court in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The preliminary was waived and will be going to circuit court. Foehl and Michael Emory are accused of raping a 1-year-old girl. She is pictured near Emory’s attorney, Damian Nunzio. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

By John Tunison | jtunison@mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Comstock Park couple is expected to be sentenced to a minimum 25 years in prison after both admitted to sexually assaulting a baby girl while videotaping the assault.

Michael Justin Emory, 26, and Stevie Marie Foehl, 28, are to be sentenced Feb. 19 in Kent County Circuit Court.

Both were in a Grand Rapids courtroom Wednesday, Jan. 21, to enter pleas in a case that has lingered since August 2013.

Police say the baby, less then 1-year-old, was the child of a friend of the couple.

Emory and Foehl were living in an apartment at York Creek Apartments off Alpine Avenue.

Police allege they discovered videos and photographs of child porn that included the child.

Michael Emory, right, talks with his attorney, Damian Nunzio, during his preliminary hearing at Kent County District Court in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The preliminary was waived and will be going to circuit court. Emory and Stevie Foehl are accused of raping a 1-year-old girl. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

At points, each of the pair held the camera and recorded the other assaulting the child, police say. Emory allegedly committed at least three sexual acts with the baby.

Police found the videos and other evidence while investigating Emory for a possible assault of a teen babysitter.

Relatives of the baby were in court Tuesday to watch the plea proceedings.

Prosecutors made no plea bargains in the case.

Emory pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

Foehl pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

The case was delayed, in part, because of psychiatric exams ordered for both Emory and Foehl.

 

Hacking Group Anonymous Targets Global Pedophiles

Hacking group Anonymous to target pedophiles using the ‘dark web’ to carry out child abuse
  • Hacking group Anonymous are targeting international pedophile rings
  • ‘Operation Death Eaters’ is campaign aiming to expose ‘pedosadists’
  • Global project is building a grassroots database of international cases
  • Hopes to ultimately expose an ‘international cult’ of child sex abuse  
  • Calling on followers to research cases of high level corruption 
  • Also demands ‘end to human trafficking and abuse complicity worldwide’

By KEILIGH BAKER FOR MAILONLINE

Anonymous protesters with covered faces march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and then around the streets of London to protest austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights on November 5, 2014.

Anonymous protesters with covered faces march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and then around the streets of London to protest austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights on November 5, 2014.

In the wake of the Westminster child abuse scandal and allegations of establishment cover-ups, hackers Anonymous have decided to expose international pedophile networks.

The hacking group says it is is planning on collecting evidence against international pedophile rings and their abuse of children to find the links between different operations and ultimately bring the perpetrators to justice.

Named ‘Operation Death Eaters’ after Voldemort’s band of evil followers in the Harry Potter series, the group is calling for a global effort in exposing the pedophile rings through the power of social media.

A still from the Operation Death Eaters video by  Anonymous - the hacking group says it is is planning on collecting evidence against international paedophile rings to ultimately bring the perpetrators to justice

A still from the Operation Death Eaters video by Anonymous – the hacking group says it is is planning on collecting evidence against international pedophile rings to ultimately bring the perpetrators to justice

This newest Anonymous campaign comes just weeks after the group declared war on jihadists in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Now, they are building a grassroots database of pedophile cases from across the world in order to ultimately expose an ‘international cult’ of child sex abuse.

A Tumblr set up to promote the campaign states: ‘The objective of opdeatheaters is an independent, international, victim-led tribunal/ inquiry into trafficking and paedosadist industry.

‘What is our first step? We need meticulously researched and clearly documented examples of high level complicity in the industry, obstruction of justice and cover ups to show the need for independent inquiries.’

The UK version of the site states: ‘The CSA inquiry in the UK is an attempt to depict a powerful cult as a string of isolated incidents of “sex abuse”.

‘The complicit UK media is running a huge propaganda campaign to conflate torture and murder with “pedophilia” and call for understanding of “pedophilia”.

‘This is not a group of sad pedophiles who need help and understanding. This is a torture and death cult with a powerful global human trafficking network.

‘We demand that torture and murder be called torture and murder, not sex. This is an international cult and needs to be investigated as one, not simply as an endless series of isolated incidents confined to the UK.

‘We call upon our comrades globally to help us investigate and demand an end to to the trafficking networks with arrests at the top not just the bottom.

‘We demand an end to human trafficking and abuse complicity worldwide.’

The Independent refers to an Anonymous statement which claims: ‘The Westminster pedophile ring is one of many cases where Operation DeathEaters has actively pursued and sought truth, in order to end the hideous crimes concealed behind the British elite.

‘In fear of these investigations being bungled over time, the operation’s objectives are clear and simple: source public information before it disappears, push for independent inquiry, and offer support to witnesses and the victims where needed.’

Anonymous also cites a number of high profile cases and investigations in the UK including Jimmy Savile, MP Cyril Smith,the claims regarding Elm Guest House and the now-defunct Paedophile International Exchange

Tens of millions of images of child abuse are believed to be circulating online on the ‘dark web’, many showing such graphic abuse that the media is turning a blind eye to the problem, experts warned this week.

Figures from the European Commission’s Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online suggest 50,000 new child abuse images are uploaded each year – of which more than 70 per cent are images of children under the age of 10.

On January 10 Anonymous activists released a video condemning the gun attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead.

The hacking group says it wants to collect evidence against international paedophile rings and look into their abuse of children to find the links between different operations and bring the perpetrators to justice

The hacking group says it wants to collect evidence against international paedophile rings and look into their abuse of children to find the links between different operations and bring the perpetrators to justice

In the clip, which was uploaded to the group’s Belgian YouTube account, a figure wearing the group’s Guy Fawkes mask and a hood says in French in an electronically-distorted voice: ‘We are declaring war against you, the terrorists.’

Sitting at a desk and reading from a piece of paper, the figure says the group will track down and close all accounts on social networks related to terrorists to avenge those killed.

Anonymous has previously carried out cyber attacks on websites belonging to the Government, as well as those of corporate and religious organisations.

In 2012 Anonymous crippled the Home Office’s website by flooding it with huge amounts of internet traffic.

Named 'Operation Death Eaters' after Voldemort's band of evil followers in the Harry Potter series, the group is calling for a global effort in exposing the paedophile rings through the power of social media

ANONYMOUS – THE DIGITAL ROBIN HOOD OR JUST CYBER TERRORISTS?

Hacker group Anonymous has been linked to online attacks around the world aimed at punishing governments for policies of which the hackers disapprove.

Members are known as ‘Anons’ and are distinguished by their Guy Fawkes masks.

The group are seen as anything from digital Robin Hoods to cyber terrorists for their hacking campaigns against government agencies, child pornography sites and the Klu Klux Klan.

In 2008 the online community staged a series of protests, pranks, and hacks Church of Scientology as part if its ‘Project Chanology.’

Later targets of Anonymous ‘hacktivism’ included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others, copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony.

In 2013 they declared war on secretive ‘chat sites’ used by pedophiles to trade images.

Last November they hacked into the Twitter account of the Ku Klux Klan after the white supremacist group distributed flyers threatening ‘lethal force’ protesters in Ferguson.

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey.

Ex Girlfriend of Convicted Pedophile Rocker Cleared of Child Abuse Images

‘I went through hell because police couldn’t be a***d to do their jobs’: Ex-girlfriend of Ian Watkins hits out as she is cleared of child porn offences after court hears she was trying to ENTRAP singer but detectives ignored her warnings
  • Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, was accused of possessing child porn images
  • A jury found her not guilty of the charges at Cardiff Crown Court
  • She claims her repeat warnings about Ian Watkins were ignored by police 
  • ‘How many kids could have been saved if the police had done their job,’ she said outside court
  • Claimed that officer ‘couldn’t be a***d’ to investigate Watkins’ vile crimes
  • Mjadzelics says she was trying to entrap Watkins, who has since been jailed for abusing children 
  • She wept after the verdict and hit out at the police for pursuing her

By HUGO GYE FOR MAILONLINE

Cleared: Joanne Mjadzelics, the ex-girlfriend of Ian Watkins was found not guilty of child porn charges

Cleared: Joanne Mjadzelics, the ex-girlfriend of Ian Watkins was found not guilty of child porn charges

The ex-girlfriend of paedophile rock star Ian Watkins blasted police for ignoring her repeat warnings about the star, as she was cleared of a string of child pornography charges.

Joanna Mjadzelics said she ‘went through hell’ after she was forced to take action herself because officers ‘couldn’t be a***d’ to investigate Watkins.

She had been accused of possessing indecent images of a child, sending vile pictures to the singer and demanding that he send her illegal pornography.

But following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court, a jury found the 39-year-old not guilty on all charges after she claimed she was trying to entrap her former lover and trick him into revealing his crimes.

 ‘It’s been me against the world, really,’ she said as she walked free from court.

‘Me protecting the kids when everyone else called me liar, psycho – everything else – lie after lie.

‘Let’s just see how many kids could have been saved if the police had done their job. I’ve nothing to say to the police. This was a vicious prosecution.’

Watkins, 37, is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for sex offences including the attempted rape of a fan’s baby. Two women were jailed alongside him for assisting his crimes.

Ms Mjadzelics, from Doncaster, told the jury during her trial that she reported Watkins to the police, but they ignored her because she was a prostitute who was regarded as a ‘nut job’.

She insisted that she only engaged in lurid sexual conversations with the shamed star in a bid to collect evidence which would bring Watkins to justice.

The prosecution had claimed that she was obsessed with the singer, and would do anything to fuel his desires.

The court heard police seized the rock star’s computers and video tapes when he was arrested and discovered one titled ‘Jo Paedo Talk Cardiff’.

When they played the video they saw Watkins and Mjadzelics having sex and talking about having a baby together so they could abuse it, the court heard.

‘He had told me what to say,’ she told Channel 4 News after she was cleared.

‘He said talk about this, talk about that, tell me you’re going to kidnap children and I would just agree. At that point I was so totally in love with this guy but at the same time so confused.

‘I realised afterwards when I stopped taking cocaine and I sobered up, I realised afterwards everything that had been talked about and I thought no that’s wrong, that’s wrong.

‘I thought it was just coke talk. I thought that’s all it was. I thought that was just coke talking and I was just saying that to get him off.

‘Sounds really pathetic when I say it now but it was at the time to keep him interested. It sounds really ridiculous.’

The jury took 14 hours of deliberations to reach their not guilty verdict.

Ms Mjadzelics wept when judge Eleri Rees told her she was free to go, and said afterwards: ‘I shouldn’t have even been here – just for doing the the police’s job that they couldn’t be a***d to do.’

Her solicitor Dale Harris said: ‘This was a spiteful prosecution of a woman who, over a four-year period, single-handedly and doggedly pursued a campaign to force the sleeping authorities to wake up to the reality of the appalling crimes against children she feared Ian Watkins was committing.

‘In December 2008, Ms Mjadzelics first reported Watkins to both South Wales Police and to social services.

‘But instead of taking her claims seriously, the police rejected them and dismissed her allegations as those of a disguntled ex-partner with mental health issues.

‘The initial flawed inquiry infected every subsequent report she made to the police.’

Ignored Warnings

Vindicated: Ms Mjadzelics said after her acquittal that the police had been 'vicious' in their treatment of her

Vindicated: Ms Mjadzelics said after her acquittal that the police had been ‘vicious’ in their treatment of her

He drew attention to the ‘actions and inactions’ of the police and other authorities, saying: ‘As the court heard, in private, the police thanked her for bringing Watkins and his accomplices to justice.

‘In public, however, they shunned her and, instead, they prosecuted for the efforts she made to ensnare him.

‘It will be for others to judge whether children could have been spared the horrific abuse to which they were undoubtedly subjected had the police taken seriously the concerns of Miss Mjadzelics some six years ago.’

 The defendant said during her trial that she had risked jail to expose Watkins, and continued to sleep with him in order to gather more evidence for the police.

The court heard that she reported Watkins to the authorities in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 to raise the alarm over his child sex crimes.

She told police he had sent her images of a ‘very young girl being raped’, but they refused to examine her phone or computer.

Michael Wolkind QC, defending, told jurors that police chose not to investigate the allegations against Watkins because he was a famous musician.

‘Babies could have been saved if Joanne had been taken seriously but Watkins was a famous rock star so it was different,’ he said.

‘She wasn’t believed and it wasn’t properly investigated. What was she supposed to do?

‘If she had not kept on seeing Watkins would he and the two mothers be locked up now? No. She desperately played along with Watkins to track him.’

She said: 'He said talk about this, talk about that, tell me you're going to kidnap children and I would just agree. At that point I was so totally in love with this guy but at the same time so confused.'

She said: ‘He said talk about this, talk about that, tell me you’re going to kidnap children and I would just agree. At that point I was so totally in love with this guy but at the same time so confused.’

Ms Mjadzelics even wrote to Watkins’ mother warning her that her son was a paedophile, but ended up being accused of harassing his family and questioned by police in 2009.

When the pair next met in 2010, at a hotel in Leeds, Watkins opened his laptop and showed her a video of a ‘child crying and being raped’ while he had an ‘evil smirk’ on his face, the court was told.

She then decided she would have to trap the singer on her own and gather evidence against him.

She said: ‘We contacted each other again in May 2011 and by that time I had decided it was no good crying and sending him away anymore.

‘I had to basically change the game and change my reaction and play him. I went into escort mode, like with my clients, and I switched off.’

Jailed: Watkins, the former lead singer of Lostprophets, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for child abuse

Jailed: Watkins, the former lead singer of Lostprophets, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for child abuse

The court was read a series of graphic and disturbing messages exchanged by the pair that month, in which they fantasised about kidnapping and raping infants, while Watkins sent Ms Mjadzelics four pornographic images of children.

Despite having apparently been praised by the police for her actions, Ms Mjadzelics was arrested two years ago, and charged shortly after Watkins and his two accomplices pleaded guilty and were jailed in December 2013.

The Crown Prosecution Service defended the decision to pursue the case against Mjadzelics, while South Wales Police described the investigation as ‘extremely challenging and complex’.

Catrin Attwell of the CPS said: ‘The full circumstances surrounding this case have been aired in court.

‘The jury considered the matter for a considerable period of time and found Joanne Mjadzelics not guilty of the possession and distribution of indecent images of children. We of course respect that decision.

‘Our role is to consider the evidence gathered by police investigations and decide whether there is a realistic prospect of a conviction in court.’

Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes added: ‘Operation Globe is still continuing and we will work tirelessly to identify victims and help them seek the justice they deserve.

‘During the trial, police actions prior to the most recent investigation were discussed. In 2012 South Wales Police initiated its own review into the sequence of events prior to the arrest of Ian Watkins.

‘We identified that there were issues of concern and voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who is currently carrying out an investigation into these issues.’

The IPCC is investigating claims that officers from three different police forces failed to act on information about Watkins’ crimes.

Ms Mjadzelics told Channel 4 News of the disgraced Lost Prophets singer, 'He had told me what to say.'

Ms Mjadzelics told Channel 4 News of the disgraced Lost Prophets singer, ‘He had told me what to say.’

HOW PAEDOPHILE STAR’S GIRLFRIEND DISCOVERED HIS VILE DOUBLE LIFE

Late 2006: Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins meets Joanne Mjadzelics online. After weeks of online sex chats, Watkins and Mjadzelics meet in person for the first time in December. They meet up for sex at a hotel in Leeds where they make a sex tape together.

July 2007: Mjadzelics says she starts ‘getting into’ cocaine, with her and Watkins having drug-fuelled sex sessions together. She later has the rock singer’s initials – IDKW – tattooed on her back.

August 2007: Mjadzelics says Watkins tells her about a sex session he had with a 14-year-old girl. Asked why she did not go to the police there and then about his confession, she said: ‘I thought it was the cocaine talking.’

September 2007: Watkins tells Mjadzelics he raped a 12-year-old girl after taking cocaine in the toilet with her. He later tells her he was only ‘joking’.

February 2008: Tape of Watkins and Mjadzelics depicts the pair having sex and talking about having a child together so they could rape and kill it. When questioned about the video, Mjadzelics says: ‘It’s fantasy talk.’

Early 2008: Mjadzelics says she and Watkins split. She blames an indecent photograph of a child which he had sent her on Christmas Day.

June 2008: Watkins takes Mjadzelics to meet his mother in Pontypridd. The pair stay at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff.

October 2008: Mjadzelics agrees to sign a ‘gagging order’ drawn up by Watkins after she threatened to go to the police.

December 2008: Mjadzelics phones social services in south Wales regarding a photograph he sent the previous Christmas.

January 2009: Mjadzelics contacts social services again, as well as police about Watkins.

March 2009: Police in Yorkshire interview Mjadzelics at the request of South Wales Police.

May 2009: The police investigation into Mjadzelics’s initial claims about Watkins ends. She claimed she was turned away because officers regarded her as a ‘nut job’ fan who was harassing a famous rock star.

August 2010: After around a year without speaking to one another, Mjadzelics and Watkins meet up for sex. Mjadzelics apologises to Watkins, claiming that she ‘must have got things so wrong’. Two weeks later, Mjadzelics says Watkins shows her a video of a child being sexually abused. She says she goes to police again, and claims nothing was done.

May 2011: After becoming estranged from one another again, Mjadzelics resumes contact with Watkins. She says she did so to try to catch Watkins out – and aimed to get evidence on him. The pair resume their sexual relationship. Watkins sends four indecent images to Mjadzelics.

May 2011: Mjadzelics sends an email to the Association of Chief Police Officers saying Watkins is raping a child on a ‘regular basis’. In her correspondence, she says: ‘I’ve gained his trust again by agreeing to a lot of disgusting things to get whatever is needed to bring him to justice.’

February 2012: Mjadzelics says she contacts the father of a child she fears Watkins was abusing.

March 2012: Mjadzelics says she contacts South Wales Police regarding a chat she had with Watkins on Skype. Mjadzelics attends Doncaster police station with her laptop.

April 2012: Watkins and a female fan, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sexually abuse her son at a London hotel.

May 2012: Over three months, South Yorkshire Police is contacted three times over allegations that Watkins is abusing a child.

August 2012: Watkins’s home is raided by police. One of the singer’s laptops is seized by detectives.

October 2012: Bedfordshire Police is contacted about allegations, supposedly made by Mjadzelics, that Watkins is planning to abuse another fan’s baby. Watkins is later interviewed and bailed by police.

November 2012: Mjadzelics is interviewed as a witness by officers from Operation Globe.

December 2012: Watkins is again arrested and charged by police. He appears before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court along with two female accomplices.

January 2013: Mjadzelics arrested and questioned.

November/December 2013: Watkins pleads guilty to a string of sex offences – including engaging in sexual activity with a child, the attempted rape of a fan’s baby and possessing, making and distributing indecent images. He is given a 29-year jail term, with a further six years on licence. His two female accomplices also plead guilty and receive prison terms.

May 2014: The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirms it is investigating claims of gross misconduct regarding three South Yorkshire Police officers, two detectives from the Bedfordshire force and one from South Wales into their handling of reports made to them about Watkins.

January 2015: Mjadzelics goes on trial at Cardiff Crown Court, but is cleared.

 

 

Domestic Partners Accused of Sexual Torture, Holding Child Captive

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/scole@al.com)

By Brian Lawson | blawson@al.com 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Two Huntsville men who were domestic partners, according to prosecutors, appear at the center of a child sex abuse and child pornography case that reaches far beyond Huntsville, the Madison County District Attorney’s office said today.

Prosecutors are seeking a $1 million cash bond for Charles Dunnavant, who is charged with sexual torture, sodomy, aggravated child abuse and transmitting or exposing a person to a STD, in connection with the case against Carl Herold, who faces similar sex charges and child pornography production charges.

Herold, a Wyoming native who has a computer background and worked from home, according to prosecutors, moved to Huntsville about eight months ago. He operated a YouTube page called “Computer Science for Everyone.”

He was arrested last month by the Huntsville Police Department.

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, said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Helix.

Dunnavant lived with Herold and Herold’s son 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 this afternoon 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, now 9, and he led investigators to his father. Herold spoke to investigators for several hours, Smith said, and implicated Dunnavant.

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Carl Philip Herold (Huntsville Police Department)

Smith also testified the child did not attend school in Huntsville and investigators could find no medical records for the child.

Dunnavant’s attorney Brian White, asked the investigator if the child they interviewed was depicted in the photos. Smith said investigators found more than 100 photos, but he didn’t want to look too closely at the child depicted.

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.”

Herold has a bond hearing set for Tuesday on the same $1 million cash-only bond request from Assistant DA Jason Scully-Clemmons, who is working on the cases with Helix.

Austin said she’d take the bond request under advisement and did not immediately rule.

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.

Pedophile Rock Star to Keep Royalties

Paedophile rock star Ian Watkins will continue to rake in thousands of pounds in performance royalties even as he spends years behind bars.

Pedophile rock star Ian Watkins will continue to rake in thousands of pounds in performance royalties even as he spends years behind bars.

The depraved former Lostprophets frontman could pocket an estimated £100,000 in royalty cash generated since he was arrested and charged last year.

After Watkins is jailed at Cardiff Crown Court, south Wales, on Wednesday, a continued stream of cash for past work will ensure he remains a wealthy man.

His notoriety and renewed publicity when he is sentenced could even cause a cash generation spike as music sales and internet searches rise.

The 36-year-old, from Pontypridd, admitted two counts of attempted rape on the baby of one female fan on the eve of a trial in Cardiff last month.

Watkins also admitted conspiracy to rape the baby of another female fan, sexually touching a one-year-old and possessing and making child porn.

He also plotted sex abuse with the mothers of the babies in a series of text and internet messages. Both women, who cannot be named, will be sentenced with him.

Revelations surrounding his secret life of planned child abuse and debauchery have continued to emerge since his admission in court.

A former girlfriend has spoken publicly about the number of times she reported Watkins to the police after being horrified by his vile suggestions.

Another woman has spoken out claiming Watkins wanted to have a baby with her that he planned to sexually abuse.

Disgust at the depths of his depravity has seen him transformed from celebrated rock star to being universally reviled.

As his artistic activities continue to be broadcast around the world, however, royalty payments collected by the Performing Rights Society (PRS) and others will keep flowing in.

Music lawyer Craig Brookes explained that as the band’s lyricist Watkins will be in line for a big cut of any fees generated.

“The biggest income stream will almost certainly be publishing which, even if radio play has stopped, will still be pretty big,” he told Wales on Sunday.

“This is because PRS and their equivalents in different countries allocate money on a spot-check basis.

“So you’re going to get money for plays in gyms and hairdressers and on juke boxes and all that stuff.

“They will say, ‘This is how much music is in the market place so it is likely you are due this amount.’

“He will also get a publishing cut for any play Lostprophets have anywhere.”

Fans around the world continue to play Lostprophets music and video footage of the band remains popular on internet sites such as YouTube.

Sadly, the case and Watkins’s notoriety could also be generating a substantial pick up in album sales for the band he fronted.

“The records could be earning a substantial amount. It could easily have translated to 100,000 or 200,000 extra sales,” Mr Brookes said.

“It could be over £100,000 easily. It could be less, but there will be another spike when he gets sentenced, in terms of money generated – because of clips when the story breaks, then there will be a spike in online activity.

“And there are going to be PRS payments because the music is out there.”