HIV positive man arrested for having sex with multiple children and storing images of the abuse on his phone

A 14-year-old girl told police that she had sex with Bell multiple times in his trailer between August and October. The child reportedly called the perpetrator Uncle Bell.

A 55-year-old HIV positive man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly having unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl and two young boys. The man, identified as William Charles Bell from Florida, has also been accused of storing videos and images of him sexually assaulting the children on his phone, according to reports. 

Police officials have said that the boys he assaulted are between the ages of eight and thirteen and fear that there could be more victims. Bell came under the authorities' radar after the girl's mother reported him to the Broward County’s Child Protection Investigations Section.

The teenager reportedly told police that she had sex with Bell multiple times in his trailer between August and October. The child reportedly called the perpetrator Uncle Bell even though he is not related to her. It is not yet clear how the victim came in contact with the assaulter. 

A detective in the arrest report wrote: "The intercourse would happen when the victim stayed at the defendant’s home on the weekends," according to The Sun. Reports state that officials only found out about Bell's HIV positive status during the investigation into the case. Authorities have said that all the children affected in the case are being tested to ensure they have not been infected with HIV.

The officials reportedly said that during a recorded phone call between him and the victim, the girl asked him why he had sex with her, to which the accused replied with: "You wanted it too. Don't lie."

Davie Police Sgt Mark Leone, while talking to the reporters about Bell, said: "This animal victimized a 14-year-old girl that he was having sex with over the course of a few months and two other young boys. We were able to seize his phone multiple, multiple images and video of child pornography including himself having sex with the young children."

"We believe there are possibly other victims out there and parents if you have had any contact with this individual then talk to your kids and come forward," Leone added.

Bell has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 16, one count each of authorizing a child under 18 years old to engage in sexual performance, computer pornography and sexual transmission of a disease. He has also been charged with resisting arrest. 


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