CHARLES COUNTY, MD (WJLA/CNN) - A former public school employee who worked as an instructional assistant and track coach, and who told police he is HIV positive, was arrested for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree assault.
Police believe Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, sexually victimized several boys and made pornographic videos on his phone. Bell worked at both a middle school and coached at a high school.
“Some of the evidence found included graphic images of Bell sexually assaulting victims,” said Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry during a news conference on Monday.
Police believe Bell sexually abused several males on school property, at his home, and possibly other locations.
“If you don't think I've asked myself thousands of times, since learning, you're wrong. 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," said Charles County Schools Superintendent Kim Hill, according to WJLA.
The sheriff's office says as many as 10 middle school students were assaulted, seven were identified from videos, and they are actively searching for more victims.
They are testing the victims for possible HIV infection after Bell confessed his health status.
Detectives began investigating Bell in December 2016 after a tip of possible inappropriate behavior with a student while coaching track.
“A parent observed suspicious text messages on a child's phone that were sexual in nature,” Sheriff Troy Berry said.
Detectives searched Bell's home where they found a home computer and other electronics, and the Maryland State Police Crime Lab found data linking Bell to the production of child porn.
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