Charles Co. child abuser sentenced to 105 years behind bars

WASHINGTON — Former Charles County School’s coach, Carlos Bell, was sentenced Tuesday to a 105-year jail sentence for 10 counts of production of child pornography.

Bell was also indicted on 206 charges in the sex abuse of 42 victims ranging in ages from 11 to 17-years-old.

He was ordered to undergo rehabilitation during his sentence.

Bell, of Waldorf, appeared at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt on Tuesday morning for sentencing.

He entered a guilty plea in federal court on Jan. 23 in front of U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm.

He admitted to coercing 10 children, all boys, to take part in illicit acts for the purpose of creating child pornography over a two-year period, federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they were asking that he be sentenced to 150 years for creating child pornography.

Bell was a coach at various Charles County schools between October 2014 and December 2016. He was also a teaching assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, where many of the alleged crimes took place.

He would record attacks on children over a nearly two-year period. Some of the assaults took place on school grounds, others at his home, according to court records.

Sheriff Troy Berry called it one of the most horrendous crimes he’d seen in his 25-years working in the county.

Bell is also facing a possible sentence of 190 years in the state case against him for the sexual exploitation of 42 children.

The 30-year-old took a plea deal on Jan. 5 in the state case, accepting guilt on 27 charges, including the sexual abuse of a minor and sex offenses, among others. The plea deal meant he would spend no more than 190 years behind bars.

The computer and cellphone seized from Bell’s home in the initial warrant materialized evidence to support 206 charges involving 42 child victims.

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