Kenneth Loyd Woods appeared this afternoon at the Cullman County Courthouse for a Bond Revocation Hearing administered by the Honorable Circuit Judge Gregory A. Nicholas.
Nicholas is the Presiding Judge of the 32nd Judicial Circuit.
Kenneth Loyd Woods had been out on bond since his May of 2017 arrest.
Initially accused of giving drugs and alcohol to underage high school students in return for sex, Woods originally faced charges of:
• Rape (2nd degree)
• Electronic Solicitation of a Child (2 counts)
• Transmitting Obscene Material to a Child (2 counts)
In August of 2017, a Cullman County Grand Jury indicted Kenneth Loyd Woods (49) of Fairview, on two additional charges:
• Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes
• Human Trafficking – 1st degree (2 counts)
In May of 2017, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said a law enforcement investigation (initiated through a School Resource Officer) showed that Woods was possibly distributing pills and alcohol to underage students at a Cullman County High School:
“As the investigation progressed it was determined that the suspect, Mr. Woods, would demand payment, other than a monetary value, for the pills and alcohol that he was selling to the underage students.”
Public records also show Woods convicted of a 1998 second-degree rape in Winston County. The victim was a 15-year-old girl; Woods release from prison took place in 1999.
More recently, an Arrest Warrant issued on July 27, 2018, sought to take Woods into custody for one count of Witness Tampering and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
The written complaint in the matter indicates Deputy Ryan Hogeland of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office had probable for believing Kenneth Loyd Woods attempted to induce a witness (J.A.N.H.) in an official proceeding (namely the Woods’ Human Trafficking charge) to ‘testify falsely or unlawfully, withhold testimony, or absent himself from an official to which he has been legally summoned’.
This alleged criminal activity was in violation of Woods’ original ‘Order of Conditional Bond’.
The Alabama Constitution provides that individuals are entitled to bail for all non-capital offenses. However, “an accused [may] forfeit his constitutional right to bail [by] engaging in … criminal activity.”
Judge Nicholas mentioned this fact in Kenneth Loyd Woods Bond Revocation Order issued from the bench this afternoon.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Woods was taken into custody and transported from the Courthouse en route to the Cullman County Detention Center.
Nicholas ordered that Woods be held in the Cullman County Detention Facility pending further court order.
In today’s proceeding, Chief Assistant District Attorney John Bryant represented the State of Alabama on behalf the unnamed juvenile victims. The prominent Cullman criminal defense firm of Berry, Berry, Little, Bruner,and Chaney represented Woods.
Cullman Sex Offender Bond Revoked In Booze/Pills Trade For Underage Sex Case
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