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Charles Co. child abuser sentenced to 190 years on state charges

Convicted child abuser Carlos Bell was a coach and a teaching assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. (WTOP/Miike Murillo; AP)

WASHINGTON — The child pornography case of Carlos Bell shocked the community and devastated families in Charles County, Maryland.

Now Bell, who’s already serving federal prison time, has been sentenced to an additional 190 years Tuesday on state charges.

The former Charles County coach targeted boys while working as a coach and teaching assistant in Charles County between 2014 and 2015. He is now serving a 105-year federal prison sentence for 10 counts of production of child pornography after pleading guilty to the charges.

The sentence was handed down at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt on March 27.

Bell, of Waldorf, who’s HIV-positive, has been given what would amount to another life prison term on state charges. He’s pleaded guilty to 27 charges involving dozens of children.

Prosecutors put forward evidence to support 206 charges involving 42 child victims between 11 and 17. All the victims were boys.

However, the 30-year-old took a plea deal on Jan. 5 in the state case, admitting guilt on 27 charges, including the sexual abuse of a minor and sex offenses, among others.

Bell worked as a coach at various Charles County schools between October 2014 and December 2016.

He also worked as a teaching assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, where many of the alleged crimes took place.

He recorded video attacks on children over a nearly two-year period, authorities said. 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.


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