How did this school employee get away with abusing students for two years?

By Washington Post Editorial Board

Aug 16, 2017 | Uncategorized |

EACH NEW detail that emerges about the alleged sexual abuse of students in Charles County brings an added horror. The number of boys victimized has grown to 24, and it’s feared there are more. Some of the assaults occurred in the classroom of a middle school where the alleged assailant worked as a teacher’s aide. The victims were not only abused but also allegedly deliberately exposed to HIV.

How such events could have gone undetected for two years is the unsettling question that school and law enforcement officials in this Southern Maryland county must answer.

A 119-count indictment was announced last week against Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, a former instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School who also coached indoor track at La Plata High School. Among the charges: multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor, production of child pornography, attempted exposure to HIV. Authorities said Mr. Bell acknowledged he is HIV-positive. Mr. Bell, his attorney told reporters, is looking forward to fighting the allegations.

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