Former Elementary Teacher's Aide Says He Filmed Porn Videos Of At Least 23 Students Because He Has A Child's Mind

There were at least 40 videos of the children performing sex acts on themselves or one another.

A former elementary school aide was sentenced to a century in prison on Thursday for filming children forced to perform sex acts on school grounds.

Convicted sex offender Deonte Carraway, 24, was already serving a 75-year federal sentence connected to this case. On Thursday, Prince George's County Circuit Court in Maryland sentenced him 23 times, one for each child he abused. Carraway was sentenced on 23 counts of state child sex abuse and pornography charges, according to WBAL-TV.

"Today's sentence is one that is fashioned to make sure that Mr. Carraway never has the opportunity to walk freely among us as a community again," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said. "This happened multiplied by 23, and it's not just the 23 kids, but their family members who are here still crying."

Prosecutors said Carraway sexually abused 23 students on elementary school grounds in addition to at their homes. Carraway pressured and even threatened the children to perform in sexual acts with each other. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 13, Fox5 reports.

At least 40 videos existed of the children performing sex acts on themselves or one another, often under Carraway’s direction. The abuse began in fall 2015 and continued until he was arrested in February 2016, NBC Washington reports.

Carraway apologized in court.

"It was wrong, and I shouldn't have done it, and I know that it hurt. I wish I could go back and stop myself from doing it, but that's not how life works."

During his federal trial, Carraway's defense attorney John Chamble said that Carraway has a child’s mind, with an IQ of 60. He added that his client was molested.

“He’s done some monstrous things, but he is not a monster,” Chamble said.

According to Crime Online, Carraway echoed that sentiment in August, saying, “I’m not the monster that people are portraying me to be.”

The judge in the case addressed the family members of the victims, "You did not fail these children. I believe we, the community and the county, failed them."

[Photo: WBAL-TV 11]

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