Carlos Bell, a former school aide and track coach in Maryland who told police he’s HIV positive, sexually assaulted 42 victims – police
A former school aide and coach in Maryland who told police he is HIV positive sexually assaulted 42 boys, authorities said.
The State’s Attorney’s Office for Charles County indicted Carlos Deangelo Bell, on 206 counts, WJLA reports. The former Charles County Public School instructional assistant and coach, was arrested for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree assault. Authorities said his victims are between 11 and 17 years old and the assaults happened from May 2015 to June 2017.
The indictment covers 28 identified alleged victims and 14 unidentified victims.
Carlos Bell worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as a track coach at La Plata High School. Police say he also worked at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough High School in Pomfret.
Bell, 30, was taken into custody in July for child pornography and sexually assaulting male students.
Police began their investigation in December after a parent found inappropriate text messages on her son’s cell phone.
A search of Bell’s home computer in Waldorf, Maryland, turned up child porn, which he allegedly made on school grounds.
“Some of the evidence found included graphic images of Bell sexually assaulting victims” said Charles County, Sheriff Troy Berry, including images of him allegedly having sex with a boy inside a classroom at Benjamin Stoddert, NBC reports.
In July 2017, Charles Co. Sheriff’s Office announced the victims included 10 middle school students , seven of whom were identified from videos. Bell subsequently admitted to police that he was HIV positive, and evidence confirmed that statement.
Carlos Bell was an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Maryland
Investigators said the assaults happened at his home, on school property and possibly other locations.
According to WJLA, the indictment includes allegations stemming from incidents on June 30 and July 28 and charges for additional alleged victims police found following an investigation.
Sheriff Berry added that law enforcement is not aware of any victim who has contracted HIV, at this time, but that more testing will happen.
The victims were all boys, “mostly middle schoolers and pre-adolescent students,” Berry said. He added that there may be more victims.
Bell no longer works at Benjamin Stoddert or La Plata. Authorities said he was also employed at McDonough High School in Pomfret and J.P. Ryon Elementary in Waldorf.
“In an organization that is all about our children, these allegations are horrifying,” Charles County Superintendent Kimberly Hill previously said in a statement. “To our parents and our community, who put their faith and trust in us to safeguard their children, I apologize on behalf of Charles County Public Schools.”