Police identity more victims in Maryland child sex abuse case

Ex School Assistant Charged of Child Sex Crime Against HIV-Positive

Police identity more victims in Maryland child sex abuse case

But as WTOP reports, a backlog at the Maryland State Police's computer forensics lab kept authorities from discovering evidence of Bell's assaults on his cell phone for several months, and an arrest wasn't made until June of this year.

Prior to that, he had worked at the J.P. Ryon and William B. Wade elementary schools in Waldorf and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Temple Hills. He is accused of sexually assaulting underage students and recording the abuse on video.

The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has nearly doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox reports. But the number of alleged victims has snowballed since then: 42 alleged victims - 28 identified and 14 unidentified - have surfaced so far, according to prosecutors, their ages ranging from 11 to 17.

Bell lost his job in December 2016, after authorities began investigating inappropriate texts he allegedly sent to a student. Some of the assaults took place on school grounds, according to the indictment.

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He was working for Charles County Schools as a middle school instructional assistant as well as a high school track coach. The indictment also includes 19 counts of second-degree sex offense related to force and 19 counts related to the age of the victim.

Bell, who is HIV-positive, has been charged with five counts of attempting to transfer the virus.

Bell was a coach at various Charles County schools between October 2014 and December 2016. He is being held without bond, and a trial is scheduled for January.

If convicted of certain crimes listed in the indictment, the state attorney's office said it would seek life in prison for Bell. The State's Attorney's Office strongly encourages parents/guardians to speak with any child that may have had contact with Carlos Bell and immediately report any relevant information to the Sheriff's Office.

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