An HIV-positive former Maryland school aide has been charged with sexually assaulting 42 boys.
Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, was hit with a 206-count indictment on Monday from the Charles County State Attorney’s Office.
Bell was originally arrested in July and charged with sexually assaulting at least 24 victims. That number has since been increased to include 42 victims he is accused of assaulting, including 28 were identified and 14 who were not.
“The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years old to 17 years old,” the state attorney’s office said, according to Fox News.
Bell reportedly admitted to authorities that he was HIV positive, though the state attorney’s office said it was not aware of any of the victims testing positive as well.
The investigation into Bell began in December 2016 after a concerned parent found inappropriate text messages on her child’s phone.
Bell was removed from his coaching job at La Plata High School and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School once the probe began.
He allegedly abused his victims at a variety of locations between May 2015 and June 2017.
“Some of the crimes appear to have been committed on school property, and others at his home in Waldorf,” Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry told WRC-TV in July.
When police searched Bell’s home computer, they discovered child pornography. Multiple images were also found of Bell having sex with a boy inside a classroom.
Clark County school Superintendent Kimberly Hill called the crimes Bell is accused of “horrifying.
“In an organization that is all about children, these allegations are horrifying,” Hill said. “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. Student safety is job one, and clearly we have work to do to make sure that this will never happen again.”
The state attorney’s office will be seeking life in prison for Bell if he is convicted, WJLA reported.
A trial is scheduled for Jan. 8 2018, and Bell is currently being held without bond. Authorities noted that the investigation is ongoing, and they are urging anyone with information on the alleged crimes to come forward.