Depravity and barbarism know no boundaries in some people. A Maryland school aide and track coach who is HIV positive faces life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of boys. He was indicted on more charges as the number of victims has nearly doubled.
The Charles County State Attorney’s Office announced Monday a 206-count indictment against Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, a profound increase from the 119-count indictment announced this past summer.
Bell, of Waldorf, Maryland, is now accused of assaulting 42 boys after officials originally reported 24 victims in July. He is currently being held without bond in the Charles County State Attorney’s Office, according to the New York Daily News and WJLA.
“The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years old to 17 years old,” the state attorney’s office said in a statement.
Of the 42 victims, officials said they have identified 28 juveniles. The office says 14 remain unidentified.
Prosecutors accuse Bell of sexually abusing his victims at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, at his home and elsewhere between May 2015 and June 2017. Even though Bell did not wear protection during these illicit encounters, the state attorney stated they were not aware of any of the victims becoming HIV positive, as of yet.
The investigation was initiated after a concerned parent found sexually suggestive text messages in connection with Bell in November. Authorities began a probe of Bell in December, and he was subsequently ousted from his positions at La Plata High School and his coaching job on Dec. 22.
While Bell’s work computer was clean of any inappropriate material, the State Attorney’s office reported police said a search of Bell’s home computer and electronic devices turned up child pornography.
The State Attorney’s office said the charges against Bell include: 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offense, 19 counts of second-degree sex offenses, 7 counts of third-degree sex offense, 97 counts of child pornography and other offenses.
If convicted of certain crimes listed in the indictment, the State Attorney’s office said it would seek life in prison for Bell.