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Report: HIV-Positive High School Track Coach Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing 42 Male Students Between Ages 11-17

An HIV-positive former track coach named Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, has plead guilty to sexually abusing 42 boys while he was employed at two Charles County schools in Maryland. Bell reportedly admitted he was attempting to give the boys the HIV virus.

Bell entered a plea deal admitting guilt on 27 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offence by force, third-degree sex offence, attempted transmission of HIV virus, second-degree assault, filming child pornography, solicitation of a minor and displaying obscene matter, state attorney Anthony Covington said.

The sex assaults date back to May 2015, with the victims ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old.

Bell was arrested in July 2016 at his home following a six-month investigation. Bell was removed as a teacher's aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as an indoor track coach at La Plata High School when the investigation began.

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Authorities began investigating Bell in December 2016 after receiving a tip about Bell's inappropriate behavior with a student while he was coaching track.

A student's parent noticed sexual text messages on her son's phone.

Bell's electronic devices from both work and home were sent to the Maryland State Police crime lab. Authorities discovered sexually explicit images involving the victims.

There were graphic images of Bell sexually assaulting the boys, with some of the crimes committed at his home and others on school property. 


The sheriff's office said Bell told investigators that he is HIV positive and investigators were able to corroborate the diagnosis. Some of the victims were tested for HIV last year, authorities said. Authorities are not aware of any HIV positive tests. 
Charles County Schools Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill applauded the plea deal. She stated, "Since learning of the charges against Mr. Bell we have focused on supporting the students affected."

Hill revealed that school district staff members were also receiving additional training.

"We are taking every precaution that we can to make sure our employees are aware of the signs" of sexual abuse, she said.


Bell will be sentenced for his heinous crimes on March 28. Prosecutors plan to request a sentence of up to 190 years in prison.


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