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HIV-Positive Former Track Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 42 Students

He attempted to give the minors HIV, prosecutors allege.

A former Maryland school aide and track coach stands accused of sexually assaulting 42 juveniles (28 identified alleged victims and 14 unnamed alleged victims) while being HIV positive, according to CNN.

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, is now indicted on 206 accounts related to the sex crimes, up from 119 counts over the summer after additional victims came forward.

"The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years old to 17 years old," the Charles County State Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Bell allegedly abused his victims at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, at his home and possibly at other locations over more than two years, from May 2015 to June 2017.

The state attorney’s office said they were not aware of any of Bell’s alleged victims testing positive for HIV. However, the charges allege that Bell attempted to transmit the virus to at least some of his victims.

Bell was removed from La Plata High School and his coaching job after a parent found inappropriate text messages between her child and Bell in late 2016. 

When Bell’s home computer and electronic devices were searched by police, investigators found child pornography, Fox reported. Some of the alleged sexual assaults were recorded on Bell’s cellphone, the indictment states.

The state attorney office is seeking life in prison for Bell. His charges include 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offense, 19 counts of second-degree sex offenses, seven counts of third-degree sex offense and 97 counts of child pornography and other offenses.

[Image: Charles County Sheriff’s Office]

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