The Washington, D.C. bedroom community of Waldorf, Maryland was rocked by news on Friday that the list of suspected sexual assault victims of a local educator had nearly doubled.
Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, allegedly sexually abused 42 students between the ages of 11 and 17, while working in the local school district and being HIV-positive.
Fox News reported Bell officials initially identified 24 male victims in July, but Bell was indicted with more charges on Friday as the number of victims nearly doubled.
The Charles County District Attorney’s Office revealed in a statement on Monday that Bell was indicted on 206 counts.
Officials have identified 28 of the victims and are looking to identify the other 14.
According to police, Bell abused his victims at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and his home between May 2015 and June 2017.
He allegedly sexually assaulted students without the use of protection but luckily none of the victims tested were HIV positive.
Police began their investigation of Bell after a parent alerted them to sexually explicit “suspicious text messages” between the aide and a student on the child’s phone.
Bell did not have anything illegal on his work computer, however, police found child pornography on several of his personal devices and home computer.
According to the state attorney’s office, Bell faces a list of charges, many of them felonies, including 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offense, and seven counts of third-degree sex offense.
The teacher’s aide also faces 97 counts of child pornography, among other charges.
Bell faces life in prison if convicted and is being held without bond.
He is due back in court on January 8.
Featured Image Via Charles County Sheriff’s Office
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