HIV-positive track coach who victimized 42 students pleads guilty

HIV-positive former school aide pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

An HIV-positive former Maryland school aide and track coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting several students and recording some of the abuse on video, including on school property, authorities said.

There were 42 victims ranged in age from 11 to 17 years old.

Authorities stated Bell sexually abused his victims at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, at his home and possibly at other locations between May of 2015 and June of 2017. "Based upon the evidence that the state presented it was is in his best interest to enter into this negotiated guilty plea", defense attorney James Crawford said, adding Bell would also plead guilty in federal court. Investigators say he has HIV and tried to transmit the virus.

Investigators sent Bell's electronic devices from work and from home to the Maryland State Police crime lab, which recovered sexually explicit images involving the boys, Richardson said.

Charles County officials said 30-year-old Carlos Bell pleaded guilty to 27 counts of sexual abuse of a minor along with a slew of other serious crimes after being indicted on 206 charges. Police said they are not aware of any victims who became HIV-positive.

"You can't unsee it", Covington said of the footage which prosecutors spent hours reviewing.

Benjamin Stoddert Middle School where Carlos Deangelo Bell once worked. He started working for the school system in 2014. At that time, Bell was removed from his position as track coach at La Plata High School.

Investigators said a concerned parent checked her child's phone and found inappropriate text messages in connection with Bell in November.

The allegations are horrifying, Charles County schools Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill said Monday. He also had worked at J.P. Ryon Elementary School in Waldorf and had been a track coach at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret. "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".

Bell will be sentenced to the state charges in late March, which carry a 190-year sentence. He still faces federal charges, to which officials in Charles County said he is expected to plead guilty.



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