Police prepare for more victims of accused sexual predator

By Sharon Smith - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are preparing for more victims to come forward in the sexual assault case against Carl Walden, Junior.

WBTV reported on his bond hearing in court Friday. Since news of his arrest hit the community, police say one other potential victim has been interviewed. Police would not give further details.

Walden is accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into his car at gunpoint from a strip mall on Freedom Drive January 15th. Court records describe how the girl told police Walden said he'd been "watching her" at her bus stop and that he would threaten to kill her family if she did not comply.

The girl says Walden sexually touched her and she escaped further assault by jumping from his moving car.

A motion filed in court for higher bond also says Walden could be connected to the rape of a 15-year-old girl days prior. In that case, the girl says she was raped in a park on Rogers Street by a man wearing a ski mask.

Walden lives on Rogers Street in Enderly Park. Police say they are testing DNA in that case. Walden's attorney in court said the ski masks were related to his outdoor employment, and not used to commit a crime.

The court file also says Walden was named in another sexual assault in 2009 of a 17-year-old girl; and another rape of a 30-year-old woman in 2006. Both cases fell apart and charges were never filed against Walden.

Prosecutor Kelly Miller told a judge Friday that Walden is a threat to the community and asked that his bond be increased from $100,000 to more than $500,000. Police officers also appeared in court to bolster her argument. The judge agreed, and gave Walden a bond of $550,500.

Typically bond hearings only take a few minutes in district court, but this case could be indicative of a new trend. District Attorney Andrew Murray has said he will champion higher bonds for repeat offenders who are especially dangerous. He wants his team of prosecutors to fight in court for higher bond amounts when appropriate.

Walden's bond hearing revealed a series of disturbing facts not always shared this early in the court process. Police say they found pornography tapes with titles like "brutal rape" in Walden's home, several ski masks, several pairs of women's underwear in a coat pocket, and a "client list" of women's names.

Police officers recognized the names as eight women killed by serial killer Henry Louis Wallace years ago. No other connection to Wallace is known.

Walden is not accused of any murders.

The mother of one of  Walden's children said she was shocked by the charges and that Walden has never shown any signs of aggression.

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