Parrish man accused of sex crimes on trial
by Rachel Davis
Feb 22, 2013 | 4821 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Opening statements and testimony began Thursday in the trial of Carl David Plylar, who is charged with two counts of rape of a female under 12 years of age and four counts of sodomy on a child under 12 years of age.

The case stems back to allegations made in 2002 that Plylar sexually abused a young girl whose mother worked for him in his body shop.

The alleged victim, who is now 21 years old, said she spent time alone with Plylar on numerous occasions over the span of a year or two while her mother worked for Plylar at Plylar’s Body Shop in Parrish.

The jury heard a portion of a taped interview with Investigator Jim Underwood recorded in July 2002.

The tape has the child recounting instances of alleged oral and vaginal sex with the defendant as well as allegations of the defendant taking naked pictures of her and forcing her to watch pornography with him.

The defense strongly objected to the tape being introduced because of the inability to cross examine the victim at that time, as well as questioning the objectivity of the taped interview.

Judge Jerry Selman ruled that the tape was admissible under Alabama law and allowed it to be played for the jury.

The young woman, who currently lives in North Carolina, also appeared in court and testified to instances of alleged oral, vaginal and anal sex, as well as alleging at least one act of bestiality.

She said under oath that she has forgotten or repressed many of the specific details of the instances, including the fact that she was interviewed by Underwood during the investigation.

The alleged victim’s mother also took the stand Thursday, but her testimony was interrupted by a sudden recess mid-afternoon. Court will resume today at 9 a.m.

According to the original Daily Mountain Eagle story, Plylar, who was then in his mid-60s, was arrested in August 2002 and released from the Walker County Jail on bond in excess of $100,000.