PG school aide pleads guilty to sexual abuse of 12 kids

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Deonte Carraway

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — A former school aide has pleaded guilty at his arraignment in the child abuse of at least twelve victims, with many of those charges coming from a child pornography ring he organized.

Deonte Carraway, 22, worked as an assistant at a Prince George’s County elementary school from 2014 through 2016. He also directed a children’s choir at a local church. Prosecutors say he used these roles to gain the trust of parents so he could then abuse their children.

From late 2015 through early 2016, Carraway molested children between the ages of 9 and 11 and recorded these acts on his phone. He also forced children to perform sex acts with each other, and recorded those as well.

Carraway admitted that he founded a “club” of children, and that children who wanted to join had to send sexually explicit photos of themselves to his phone.

“Deonte Carraway abused at least 12 child victims,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Fortunately, an alert relative checked a child’s smartphone, found an inappropriate photo and called the police. That call may have prevented more children from being abused.”

If Carraway accepts a plea agreement the court provided, he will receive a sentence of somewhere between 60 and 100 years in prison. His sentencing is set for June 5.

The case was investigated by the FBI Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF) and the Prince George’s County Police Department. The task force was created in 2010, to combat sex crimes involving children.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.