An Ava man is free on a $500,000 bond following an indictment by a Texas County grand jury.
Calvin Cornelius, 35, was indicted Oct. 14 on charges of statutory sodomy, first-degree — deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old.
He was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 17, and posted bond on Oct. 27.
On Oct. 25, he entered a not guilty plea to all charges. He is to appear Nov. 22 for a trial setting.
Cornelius also has another case pending in Texas County Circuit Court. He was indicted by a Texas County grand jury in February 2020 from incidents alleged to have occurred in December 2018. The indictment included charges of first-degree rape or attempted rape, statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy, first-degree statutory rape or attempted statutory rape, statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy, first-degree child molestation; and incent. (All are felonies)
He is to stand trial beginning Jan. 5, 2023, on the earlier charges.