Aide charged with child porn grants jailhouse interview

WASHINGTON — Deonte Carraway, the former aide charged with making child pornography on school grounds at a Prince George’s County elementary school, considers himself more of a friend than an adult supervisor for the children, according to Fox 5.

In a jailhouse interview conducted without cameras present, WTTG reporter Marina Marraco says Carraway admitted videotaping and directing children in sexual acts, but denied any physical participation.

Carraway, a former aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School, in Glenarden, is facing 10 felony counts, including making child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense. Police say he has acknowledged his participation.

Prosecutors say he coerced young people to participate in the videotaping on school grounds.

Prince George’s County police have identified 12 victims, ranging from 9 to 13 years old, at this point in the ongoing investigation.

Carraway told the reporter many of the 40 videos allegedly on his phone were sent to him by students, using the Kik messaging app.

He said the activity started with games including Hide and Seek, as well as Truth or Dare, which evolved into more sexual acts involving the children, including sexual intercourse, according to the Fox 5 report.

Carraway said he had been sexually abused as a child, and had been raped when he was approximately 10 years old. He said he has told police about this abuse.

On Friday, Carraway was arrested at the home of one of the alleged victims, according to the report.

Asked whether he realized he could spend the rest of his life in prison, or the impact of his actions on the children involved, Carraway put his head down, cried and did not elaborate further.

It is not clear whether Carraway has an attorney, or whether an attorney suggested he grant an interview.

Two lawsuits, including a class action complaint, have already been filed against the county’s Board of Education, principal Michelle Williams and Carraway. Williams is on administrative leave.

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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