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Carl Herold: Popular Reddit User CarlH Accused Of Raping, Torturing 9-Year-Old Son

Carl Herold: Popular Reddit User CarlH Accused Of Raping, Torturing 9-Year-Old Son

Carl Herold was known to fellow Reddit users as CarlH, a popular poster who helped teach computer skills to others.

But to police in Alabama Herold is a man accused of committing unspeakable acts of torture and rape on his own 9-year-old son, including producing photographs and video so disturbing that police had a difficult time even viewing them.

Police in Alabama said that Carl Herold and another man, Charles Dunnavant, kept the 9-year-old boy captive for months while they sexually tortured him and made videos that were then spread out in a child porn ring. Police said they had a difficult time positively identifying the boy because investigators could not stomach looking at the more than 100 photographs the men produced, AL.com reported.

The two men face a litany of charges, with Charles Dunnavant looking at counts of sexual torture, sodomy, aggravated child abuse, and exposing a person to an STD. Carl Herold is charged with sodomy, sexual abuse, aggravated child abuse, child pornography production, and distributing child pornography. He faces an additional charge of allowing his child to be depicted in pornography.

Police said the two men were domestic partners.

Carl Herold operated a YouTube channel called “Computer Science for Everyone” and was very well known on the link-sharing site Reddit. His arrest shocked users on the site, where CarlH had a reputation as a thoughtful and considerate teacher.

They also noted that his online demeanor did not fit the description of the sadistic rapist in police allegations. To a user who felt insulted by an employer at a job interview, CarlH replied:

“Speaking as someone who has interviewed and hired, I would never insult an applicant like that. Even if I truly felt they were terrible at what they did, I would encourage them to learn more and contact me back at a later time.”

Police said in addition to the rape and torture, Carl Herold kept his son isolated from the outside world, not enrolling him in school or taking him to doctor’s visits.

Prosecutors are seeking $1 million bond for both suspects.

“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,” Madison County Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Helix said at a bond hearing Monday. “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.”

The FBI is continuing its investigation into Carl Herold and his possible connection to a child pornography ring.

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64 Responses to “Carl Herold: Popular Reddit User CarlH Accused Of Raping, Torturing 9-Year-Old Son”

  1. Sheldon Rudin

    It are these type of cases that make flip flop on supporting or not supporting the death penalty. Death might be too fast of a punishment.

  2. Lucinda Hester

    Those kinds of predators and tortures never act like that role in society- they know thy better have a good backup so no one suspects them. Hasn't anyone learned that by now. Stereotyping doesn't anyway fit. and Most serial killers were very intelligent with families and jobs. Think about it.

  3. I'am Camino

    Kill all child predictor's starting with him. Problem solved! I'm sick of hearing they get 5,10,20, or 30 years jail term but really only get 2 years at most . Looks good on paper but not in reality.

  4. I'am Camino

    Kill all child predictor's starting with him. Problem solved! I'm sick of hearing they get 5,10,20, or 30 years jail term but really only get 2 years at most . Looks good on paper but not in reality.

  5. Frank Malinowski

    I understand the sentiment, but trying to put it into a workable law is tough, so I'll settle for life. It means we don't get the satisfaction, but neither do we get the irrecoverable mistakes or abuses.

  6. Frank Malinowski

    I understand the sentiment, but trying to put it into a workable law is tough, so I'll settle for life. It means we don't get the satisfaction, but neither do we get the irrecoverable mistakes or abuses.

  7. Sheldon Rudin

    Frank Malinowski I agree Frank, completely. I let my emotions interfere with logic.

  8. Rebecca Angotti

    How tragic for that poor child. It sickens me to think of the emotional scars this child will carry with him for the rest of his life because of the one person he should have been able to trust with his life. I hope his father and the other man are real popular with the inmates and get a good taste of there own medicine!

  9. Rebecca Angotti

    How tragic for that poor child. It sickens me to think of the emotional scars this child will carry with him for the rest of his life because of the one person he should have been able to trust with his life. I hope his father and the other man are real popular with the inmates and get a good taste of there own medicine!

  10. Rebecca Angotti

    How tragic for that poor child. It sickens me to think of the emotional scars this child will carry with him for the rest of his life because of the one person he should have been able to trust with his life. I hope his father and the other man are real popular with the inmates and get a good taste of there own medicine!

  11. Rebecca Angotti

    How tragic for that poor child. It sickens me to think of the emotional scars this child will carry with him for the rest of his life because of the one person he should have been able to trust with his life. I hope his father and the other man are real popular with the inmates and get a good taste of there own medicine!

  12. Sara Aguilera

    Please, just kill him. I try so hard not to judge other's actions, but these acts are so heinous and disgusting that it is obvious this man will NEVER be able to function in society. There is no rehabilitating for these monsters. If they are not locked up, never to see the light of day, then they will go back out into society and continue to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. These men are sociopaths, and they will spread their pain to anyone they touch. And this the cycle will continue. It disgusts me.

  13. Sara Aguilera

    Please, just kill him. I try so hard not to judge other's actions, but these acts are so heinous and disgusting that it is obvious this man will NEVER be able to function in society. There is no rehabilitating for these monsters. If they are not locked up, never to see the light of day, then they will go back out into society and continue to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. These men are sociopaths, and they will spread their pain to anyone they touch. And this the cycle will continue. It disgusts me.

  14. Sara Aguilera

    Please, just kill him. I try so hard not to judge other's actions, but these acts are so heinous and disgusting that it is obvious this man will NEVER be able to function in society. There is no rehabilitating for these monsters. If they are not locked up, never to see the light of day, then they will go back out into society and continue to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. These men are sociopaths, and they will spread their pain to anyone they touch. And this the cycle will continue. It disgusts me.

  15. Sara Aguilera

    Please, just kill him. I try so hard not to judge other's actions, but these acts are so heinous and disgusting that it is obvious this man will NEVER be able to function in society. There is no rehabilitating for these monsters. If they are not locked up, never to see the light of day, then they will go back out into society and continue to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. These men are sociopaths, and they will spread their pain to anyone they touch. And this the cycle will continue. It disgusts me.

  16. Lidia Ramirez

    Maybe doing to them as they have done on to others would be an eye opener for all who prey on the innocent.

  17. Lidia Ramirez

    Maybe doing to them as they have done on to others would be an eye opener for all who prey on the innocent.

  18. Lidia Ramirez

    Maybe doing to them as they have done on to others would be an eye opener for all who prey on the innocent.

  19. Lidia Ramirez

    Maybe doing to them as they have done on to others would be an eye opener for all who prey on the innocent.

  20. Rosemarie Torres-Villegas

    Unfortunately this child will more than not end up being a child molester himself soon enough. Even with therapy he may not be able to stop himself. The chain of abuse continues…

  21. John Bain

    In cases ejerce a suspicious mom starts asking questions and a case develops from it with no evidence other than testimony, I'm torn because our justice system is so flawed and many innocent men have spent their life in prison because of it. But in cases like this where there is no doubt (the way it's supposed to be but is not) I say give him a slow torturous death. Make sure he a "10" on the medical pain scale everyday for a minimum of 8 months……if u can keep him alive that long. And then make sure he dies in pain by a years time.

  22. John Bain

    More importantly, make sure that kid gets the best therapy available and monitor him for the rest of his life to make sure he doesn't continue the cycle.

  23. Sheldon Rudin

    David Adams You are absolutely correct. It should read "These are the type….." I guess my point is invalid due to grammatical mistake. Never realized you were a grammar Nazi.

  24. Jenn Stroup

    Bring back medieval punishment for child abusers, rapists, and the like. Their deaths may be short, but the pain would be excruciating… Then they will burn in hell for eternity.
    Yep… Lets do that.

  25. Shermanson D. Collette

    Where's the boy's mom? She wasn't mentioned. They should be thrown to the general population in jail/prison. I'm sure they would find out what that poor baby went through real quick!

  26. Emilia White

    Gay has nothing to do with it. There is a very clear line between pedophilia and homosexuality. They are not even close to the same.

  27. Zackery Le Swain

    Many horrible things that can happen to a guy like this in prison and I hope he finds them all with a shank at the end of it.. I'm totally feelin you on this .

  28. Jill Armstrong

    Just because horrible acts were perpetrated upon him does not mean that he will do the same. The fact is that most child abuse victims do not end up abusers themselves. Most victims are female and they are a small minority of perpetrators. And the fact that most men who are abused never disclose adds to percentage of those who do not end up abusing others. This is a topic I'm passionate about as a therapist who works with abused children and was abused myself.

  29. Rosemarie Torres-Villegas

    Jill Armstrong I too was abused and I understand what you are saying therapy does indeed help but some times I think that some things are just to difficult to overcome, but I am a simple lay person and you are the one with the degree.

  30. Mar' Haugen

    I'm guessing they would like that too much. Let's just kill the bastards so they never get put out on the streets again.

  31. Michele Perry

    Wow! I can't believe you said that,Rick! Being gay and being a pedophile are 2 totally different things! Keep in mind that MOST child molesters are straight white men! That's the facts. Please,educate yourself before you post this crap,you might just learn the TRUTH! Being gay is simply loving another of the same sex. The key word is LOVE! We do not "choose" to be gay,it chooses us. Kids that grow up in same-sex household do NOT have a better chance of being gay. The only thing we CHOOSE is to become parents and have a family. We may not be "breeders" but many of us certainly pick up the slack for those who are.

  32. Michele Perry

    Wow! I can't believe you said that,Rick! Being gay and being a pedophile are 2 totally different things! Keep in mind that MOST child molesters are straight white men! That's the facts. Please,educate yourself before you post this crap,you might just learn the TRUTH! Being gay is simply loving another of the same sex. The key word is LOVE! We do not "choose" to be gay,it chooses us. Kids that grow up in same-sex household do NOT have a better chance of being gay. The only thing we CHOOSE is to become parents and have a family. We may not be "breeders" but many of us certainly pick up the slack for those who are.

  33. Shermanson D. Collette

    Mar' Haugen , I like that also! I HATE anyone that harms children.

  34. Michael Harmon

    Well Well, Roman, Woody and Morgan Freeman you guys need to move over a bit, there is some new competition to be a God in the Liberal community.

    These two guys should me treated like a baby in Liberal town and be murdered.

  35. Rick Martinez

    Michele ,don't try and feed me your bs. I'm not as dumb as you are in believe 'n it's ok . Go back to grade school,god made a chicken & rooster,a cow and a bull not Adam and Steve . Lmao

  36. Margaret King

    Just put them jail in general population and let it leak what they did and one was the little guys dad. Then just look the other way.

  37. Lynette Roach

    someone who gets arrested for smoking marijuana or selling a few joints to somebody will spend more time in prison then at six, bag our justice system is so messed up Batman and his domestic partner needs to be put to death and not 20 and 30 years after the taxpayers have paid for them to live they need to be put to death now and let that little boy be the one to pull the lever.

  38. Jackie Chavez

    Cut this man hands and dick off and leave him to die.he is a scumbag.

  39. Angela Nally Sinnett

    What those guys in prison would do to them in gen pop would be far from enjoyable, I say this is the best way, they would kill him, no tax payer money spent on his sorry ass except for the few days he might live and trial expenses….

  40. Isaac Travers

    Could we like… maybe… get a guilty verdict first? Just sayin'

  41. Leslie Rutherford-Ishmael

    Thank you, I so agree with you. Enough of this rehabiliation BULLS***! Execute them, get it over with and it's done. NO more free meals, free sleeping arrangements.

  42. Leslie Rutherford-Ishmael

    Frank Malinowski WE? No I won't settle for life. Why should my taxes pay for their room and board. Child killers, molesters… execute within 30 days of sentence. End the cycle… let it be known that America will not tolerate anymore children being hurt, abused and bullied anymore.

  43. Leslie Rutherford-Ishmael

    Frank Malinowski WE? No I won't settle for life. Why should my taxes pay for their room and board. Child killers, molesters… execute within 30 days of sentence. End the cycle… let it be known that America will not tolerate anymore children being hurt, abused and bullied anymore.

  44. Tracey Walker

    Where is this kids family? He is going to have a hard time getting over this and these two sickos gave him an std. They need to be in prison where the same will be done to them. No mercy for info either. They don't deserve it.

  45. John Lowder

    Isaac Travers It is for sick fucks like this. He deserves to get raped by the biggest blackest cock in prison