HIV+ School Aide Arrested in Maryland
HIV+ school aide, Carlos Bell of Maryland, has been accused of sexually assaulting several male students. He was indicted on more charges last Friday. The number of victims has now nearly doubled. The former aide and track coach faced a 206-count indictment yesterday according to the Charles County State Attorney’s Office.
Bell, 30, is accused of assaulting 42 juveniles after officials originally reported 24 victims in July. The state attorney’s office said, “The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years-old to 17 years-old.” Twenty-eight of the juveniles have been identified, according to officials, while 14 remain unidentified.
The sexual abuses took place from May 2015 to June 2017. The victims, from Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, were abused at Bell’s home, at the school and possibly other locations. It is alleged that Bell sexually assaulted the students without wearing protection. However, none of the victims have tested positive for HIV. This is subject to change in the near future.
Bell faces a variety of crimes. If he is convicted of some crimes listed in the indictment, the state attorney’s office said it would seek life in prison for the offender. He is currently being held without bond. Bell is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8, 2018.