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Officials: HIV positive former Md. coach indicted on 119 counts; 24 victims reported

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as a track coach at La Plata High School. Police say he also worked at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough HS in Pomfret. He was arrested in early July and charged for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree assault. (Charles Co. Police Dept.)

Maryland State's Attorney Tony Covington announced Monday afternoon that Carlos Bell, a former Charles County Public School instructional assistant who is HIV positive, assaulted 24 students and has been indicted on 119 counts dating back from May 2015 to June 2017.

Bell also faces 12 counts of child sexual abuse, according to Covington. Officials say the indictment of Bell also includes three counts of transmitting or attempting to transmit the HIV virus.

An investigation is still ongoing and officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

According to sources, an investigation following the arrest of Bell revealed even more child porn victims than initially announced by officials.

Bell, 30, worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as a track coach at La Plata High School. Police say he also worked at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough HS in Pomfret. He was arrested in late June and charged for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree assault.

Police believe Bell sexually abused several males on school property, at his home, and possibly other locations.

The Charles Co. Sheriff's Office said at the time that as many as 10 middle school students were assaulted, seven were identified from videos, and that they were actively searching for more victims.

Sources said that after further investigation, officials believed there were more victims of Bell than initially announced.

This story has been updated


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