A former coach and school aide from Maryland who is HIV-positive was indicted on 206 counts of sexual assault and related charges on Monday, with authorities accusing him of molesting a whopping 42 victims over a period of two years.
Carlos Bell, a 30-year-old former educator from Charles County, faces a life sentence for abusing 28 identified alleged victims and 14 unidentified alleged victims in a period spanning from May 2015 to July 2017, WJLA reported.
He was previously indicted on 119 counts dating from just May 2015 to June 2017, but two other indictments dated June 30 and July 28 added additional charges for new victims that police uncovered in the course of the investigation.
Bell, who worked for Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in the Charles County Public Schools district as an instructional assistant and at La Plata High School as a track coach, allegedly preyed on victims between the ages of 11 and 17 years old, with as many as 10 middle school students named as victims.
Police originally began investigating Bell in December, when a parent found inappropriate text messages on her son’s cell phone. When investigators executed a search warrant at Bell’s home, they discovered child porn on his personal computer, including a video that allegedly showed Bell performing sex acts with a boy inside a Benjamin Stoddert classroom.
Authorities allege Bell of abusing his victims at his home, on school property, and possibly at other locations throughout town. It is not yet known whether any of the victims contracted HIV from Bell.