HIV-positive track coach sexually abused 42 students, made child pornography in school

Bell's victims ranged from 11 years of age to 17, and most of them were from middle school

A former Maryland track coach with HIV pleaded guilty on Friday to sexually abusing students and filming child pornography at the school grounds and at his home, according to prosecutors.

The state's attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington, said that the culprit, 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell, signed a plea agreement admitting that he was guilty on 27 counts, which included sexual abuse of a minor, porn charges and attempted transmission of HIV.

Reports state that the offenses began in May 2015 and continued for about two years. There were reportedly 42 victims, who ranged from 11 years of age to 17. 

Bell worked as a teacher’s aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf, Maryland (Google Maps) 

Bell worked as a teacher's aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf. He was also a track coach for La Plata high School and an employee at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough High School in Pomfret.

The accused — who was originally facing 206 counts — admitted top producing videos of at least seven students both on school property, in his home and several other locations. 

"You really can't imagine what had to be gone through when investigating this case," Covington said. He was referring to the hours of video in the case that "nobody ever wants to see," according to CNN.

The attorney added that one of his primary goals of this investigation is to maintain the anonymity and the privacy of the victims. The other is to ensure that Bell spends the rest of his life locked up in a prison, Covington added.

Bell is scheduled to be sentenced on March 28. The prosecutors have said that they are aiming to recommend nearly 190 years of prison for the accused.

The accused was arrested on June 30 last year for sexually abusing at least seven boys (Getty Images)

Reports state that Bell is also facing federal charges and is set to be presented in court again later this month.

Defense attorney Jamey Crawford said that Bell will also be pleading guilty in federal court. "Based on the evidence that the state presented it was is in his best interest to enter into this negotiated guilty plea," Crawford said. 

The investigators in the case have not found any victim testing positive for HIV so far, according to Covington. HIV is human immunodeficiency virus, which destroys a human's immune system if not treated on time. 

Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said that Bell was arrested on June 30, 2017 after a six-month investigation. He was initially charged with assaulting at least seven boys, most of them of middle school age. 

Bell was removed from his jobs when the investigation was launched.

Bell was fired from his jobs after authorities launched an investigation against him (Getty Images)

Charles County Schools Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill found the plea deal to her satisfaction saying: "Since learning of the charges against Mr. Bell we have focused on supporting the students affected."

Hill said that school district staff members were getting additional training on how to recognize and be aware of the signs of sexual abuse and take every necessary precaution to avoid such incidents in educational institutions.

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