A horrific HIV-positive former Maryland school aide and track coach sexually abused children and filmed child pornography. Prosecutors said that on Friday the man pleaded guilty to the horrible crimes.
Charles County state attorney Tony Covington said Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, signed a plea agreement admitting guilt on 27 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, porn charges and attempted transmission of HIV.
Investigations into Bell’s despicable acts covered his conduct that spanned from May 2015 to June 2017, where he had 42 victims whose ages range from 11 to 17 years old.
Covington said it was tough having to watch hours of horrible video of child victims in the course of the investigations. He said those were videos “nobody ever wants to see.” He added: “You really can’t imagine what had to be gone through when investigating this case.”
The attorney also shares that it was his utmost priority to protect the privacy and anonymity of the victims in the case, that is why it is to their advantage to avoid a trial that is open to the public.
Bell originally faced 206 counts before entering a plea bargain. He will be sentenced on March 28. Prosecutors said they are recommending 190 years in prison. Covington also said it is his goal to make sure that the horrific Bell would spend the rest of his life in prison.
Covington said they are not aware of any of Bell’s victims testing positive for HIV. Human immunodeficiency virus can destroy the immune system if left untreated.
Bell has arrested on June 30on charges of assaulting at least seven boys, mostly in middle school following the conclusion of a six-month investigation.
Bell was removed from his jobs as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and as a track coach at La Plata High School in 2016 when the probe started. He started his work for the school in 2014.
Charles County Schools Superintendent Kimberly Hill welcomed the plea deal. She said: “Since learning of the charges against Mr. Bell we have focused on supporting the students affected.”