Tallassee man to face child sex abuse charges on May 9

Charles David Davis, 32, of Tallassee waived formal arraignment through his attorney Tuesday after being arrested on child sex abuse charges in March.

Davis was indicted in February on charges of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and three counts of first-degree sodomy.

The indictment said Davis subjected a child less than 12 to sexual contact and engaged in first-degree sodomy on three occasions.

Court records show Davis was out on a $10,000 bond for a 2018 theft arrest at the time of the sexual abuse arrest. Those records also show Davis pleaded guilty to theft in 2010 and has other burglary and theft arrests.

He is due before Fifth Circuit Court Judge Steve Perryman on the sexual abuse charges May 9. Davis is being held in the Tallapoosa County Jail on $80,000 bond.

Alabama Code defines sexual abuse of a child less than 12 as the offender being 16 or older and subjecting a person who is less than 12 years old to sexual contact. It is a Class B felony. Someone convicted of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 is subject to two to 20 years in prison.

Alabama Code defines first-degree sodomy as a person who engages in deviant sexual intercourse with a person by forcible compulsion, engages in deviant sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or the offender is 16 years old or older and engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is less than 12. Sodomy is a Class A felony. Someone convicted of sodomy is subject to 10 years to 99 years in prison.