Former teacher’s aide arrested for child pornography and child abuse in Charles Co.

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CHARLES COUNTY, Md.---Last Friday, 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell, a former teacher's aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and track coach at La Plata High School, was arrested on charges of producing child pornography, child abuse and second-degree assault after the Charles County Sheriff's Office received complaints from a parent, going back late last year.

"A student's parent observed suspicious text messages on a child's phone that were sexual in nature. Detectives were able to track the text messages back to Mr. Bell.", explained Sheriff Troy Berry.

According to Sheriff Berry, at least seven male students were sexually assaulted, but there could be more victims.

During Monday's news conference, he said that just last week, investigators uncovered child pornography on Bell's electronic devices.

Sheriff Berry said, "Some of the evidence found include graphic images of Bell sexually assaulting victims. Some of the crimes appear to have been committed in school property and others at his home in Waldorf."

Sheriff Berry also says that Bell told investigators that he's HIV positive.

Renee Jennings says she has a granddaughter who attends Benjamin Stoddert Middle school.

She was outraged to find out that an alleged sexual predator was in the same school as her, saying, “Oh my God. they need to castrate him, for real."

Charles County School Superintendent, Dr. Kimberly Hill says the school district took immediate action to remove Bell from the school and barred him from contact with students and athletes.

She apologized saying, "To our parents and our community who put their faith and trust in us to safeguard their children, I apologize on behalf of Charles county public schools."

Now, parents like Crystal Hawkins, are pointing to the importance of talking to your kids.

She says, "It's just rough being a parent, you just have to talk with them. I have a five and an eight-year-old, so talking with them at a young age is tough, but you just have to do it."

Bell is being held without bond and more charges are forthcoming, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In the meantimre. Sheriff Berry is urging parents to talk with their kids.
If there's a possibility that your child has been in contact with Bell, contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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