Police identity more victims in Maryland child sex abuse case

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Police began investigating Bell after a parent notified them of sexually charged "suspicious text messages" between Bell and a student on a child's phone.

The Charles County State Attorney's Office announced Monday a 206-count indictment for Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, a stark increase from the 119-count indictment handed out in late July. He was also a teaching assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, where numerous alleged crimes took place.

Bell is now accused of assaulting double the number of students listed in an earlier indictment from July.

Prosecutors added more charges and accusations to an already lengthy indictment of an HIV-positive former Maryland school aide and track coach who is accused of sexually assaulting underage students and recording the abuse on video.

He sexually assaulted the boys who are between 11 and 17 years old from May 2015 to June 2017.

The 206 count indictment covers 28 identified alleged victims and 14 unidentified alleged victims.

Bell worked as a track coach at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret and La Plata High School in La Plata.

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Bell was sacked from his position at the county's schools in December.

NBC reports that a search of Bell's home computer turned up child porn, including images of him allegedly having sex with a boy inside a classroom at Benjamin Stoddert.

The HIV-positive Bell is also being charged on five counts of attempting to transfer the virus.

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

Charles County Superintendent Kimberly Hill previously said in a statement, "In an organization that is all about our children, these allegations are horrifying". He is being held without bond and is due back in court on January 8.

The State Attorney's office said the charges against Bell include: 22 checks of sexual manhandle of a minor, 19 tallies of second-degree sex offense, 19 tallies of second-degree sex offenses, 7 tallies of third-degree sex offense, 97 checks of youngster smut and different offenses.

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