MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - One of at least seven defendants in an elaborate child sex abuse investigation is back behind bars on criminal mischief and burglary charges.
According to Mobile County jail records, 49-year-old William Bonney Brownlee was booked on Friday, October 4 by the Bayou La Batre Police Department.
Brownlee is accused in a child sex ring investigation in Baldwin County involving family and friends of missing mother Brittney Wood.
He was out on bond at the time of his arrest for sodomy and sex abuse.
Investigators told FOX10 Brownlee is not related to the Woods but has been a friend of the family for many years.
Wood went missing May 2012 after getting into a car with her uncle, Donald Holland. Holland shot and killed himself two days after meeting with Brittney.
Investigators have found little evidence of her whereabouts since.
Shortly after Holland’s suicide, his wife, brother-in-laws, son, and nephews, sister-in-law and friend were arrested in that sex ring investigation.
Authorities said the ring involves numerous child victims and even more adult suspects.
Along with most of the other suspects in Baldwin County, Brownlee’s trial is set for December.
FOX10 is working to gather more details about his most recent arrest and how it violates the conditions of his bond.
He is charged with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary.
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