Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, former teacher’s assistant at a Maryland middle school, who admitted to police he was HIV positive, has officially been arrested on child pornography charges and sexual assault charges, with videos showing him with more than 10 students.
Bell produced at least 10 videos either on school grounds, his home, and several other locations. More details are currently being investigated.
Police have concrete details of at least 7 victims, and fear they may be more that have no yet come out of the woods.
The Daily Mail reports:
Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, allegedly produced videos featuring at least seven students both on school property, in his home, and at other locations, according to WJLA-TV.
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.
‘If you don’t think I’ve asked myself thousands of times, since learning, you’re wrong,’ Charles County Superintendent Kim Hill told reporters on Monday.
‘It is devastating to us that something like this could take place in a classroom – in a school building where adults are charged with taking care of children.’
Investigators who have reviewed evidence say they have identified seven students on videotapes made by Bell.
‘So far, we are aware of 7 victims,’ an official with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said.
‘Sadly, there may be more cases that we are not aware of at this time.’
In December, police received a tip from a parent alleging that Bell was engaging in questionable behavior with one of his students on the track team.
‘A parent observed suspicious text messages on a child’s phone that were sexual in nature,’ Sheriff Troy Berry said.
After his arrest, Bell informed law enforcement officials that he was HIV positive.
Investigators said they have evidence corroborating Bell’s diagnosis.
Parents whose children may have come into contact with Bell are being encouraged to come forward to authorities.