Prosecutors seek life for ex-school aide facing 119 sex abuse counts

LaPLATA, Md. — Charles County prosecutors intend to seek a life sentence against the former middle school teacher’s aide indicted on 119 counts involving child sex abuse of 24 victims.

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, made a brief court appearance in Circuit Court on Wednesday,

In July, Bell was indicted on 12 counts of child sexual abuse, 48 counts of second-degree sexual offense and 44 counts of filming child pornography, among other charges.

Bell also faces multiple misdemeanor charges of attempting to transmit HIV to his young victims.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and sandals, with waist and ankle chains, Bell smiled with his attorney before the hearing, but said nothing during the proceedings.

Prosecutors have filed a motion saying that because Bell’s alleged victims were children, they intend to seek enhanced penalties, which could make Bell eligible for life in prison if convicted.

According to court records, Bell recorded the abuse of male students ranging from sixth to eighth grade, and that some of the recorded assaults took place in school classrooms.

The assaults allegedly spanned more than two years, from March 2015 to June 1 of this year.

Bell’s next court appearance will be Nov. 3. He is scheduled to go on trial in January 2018.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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