More charges against former Charles County teacher’s aide

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LA PLATA, MD. -- Carlos DeAngelo Bell, the former Charles County Public Schools teacher's aide, now faces even more charges related to allegations he sexually abused and created child pornography with young boys at the school where he worked.

Charles County State's Attorney Anthony Covington announced the results Monday of a grand jury investigation that concluded on Friday. The resulting indictment had 119 counts, including 12 counts of child sex abuse, against Bell.

Covington said there are 24 victims in the indictment and his office has been able to identify 13 of them, but added the number of victims could grow.

"This indictment does not signal the end of this investigation. It is continuing as we speak," added Covington. He said anyone with information about this case is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

He added that Bell also faces three counts of transmitting or attempting to transmit the HIV virus to another. Bell had said that he is HIV positive, but law enforcement officials have not indicated that any of his victims have tested positive for the virus.

Many of the alleged incidents happened at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, according to the indictment, where Bell worked as a teacher's aide. The first alleged incident happened two months after he started working.

"It covers a timeframe from May of 2015 ’til June of 2017, so a little more than two years," said Covington, referring to the length of time the charges cover.

In response to these new allegations against Bell, Charles County Public Schools announced the principal of Stoddert, who had been in that role since 2014, had been reassigned to a support role in the school system.