Cops: Track Coach Tried to Transmit HIV to Students

He's accused of sexually abusing 42 kids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2017 3:59 AM CDT
Maryland Track Coach Accused of Abusing 42 Kids
This undated photo provided by the Charles County Sheriff’s Department shows Carlos Deangelo Bell.   (Charles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has almost doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox News reports. In July, he was arrested and accused of abusing 24 boys. The State's Attorney for Charles County says Bell is accused of abusing boys between the ages of 11 and 17 at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, his home, and other locations. Bell is HIV-positive, and five counts in the new indictment accuse him of trying to transmit the virus to his victims, People reports. None of them have tested positive, authorities say, though 14 of the 42 have yet to be identified.

Bell, who allegedly forced the boys to perform sex acts on him and recorded the abuse on video, was investigated and removed from his job late last year after a parent found inappropriate messages from him on her son's phone. The indictment includes 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offenses, seven counts of third-degree sex offenses, 97 counts of child pornography, and other offenses. CNN reports that Bell, who could face life in prison if convicted on some of the charges, is being held without bond and is expected to go to trial in January. (More child sex abuse stories.)

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