Carlos Bell, a 30-year-old former school aide and track coach at two of Maryland's public schools, who is HIV-positive, has been charged with 206 criminal counts, most of which involved the sexual abuse or exploitation of 42 children from those schools -- and including the federal crimes of producing child pornography -- but the major liberal media have not reported the story, not one word.
Bell was a teacher's assistant at the Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf, Md., and a track coach at La Plata High School in La Plata, Md., both of which are in Charles County. He was placed under investigation by the Maryland State Police in 2016 after one parent discovered some disturbing texts on her child's cellphone from Bell and contacted the police.
The schools placed Bell on administrative leave in December 2016 and the police continued their investigation into June 2017. On June 30, Bell was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor, second- and third-degree sex offenses, child pornography, distribution of marijuana, and other offenses.
All of Bell's victims reportedly were boys.
As the summer progressed and police uncovered more evidence, the criminal counts rose. As of late October, Bell was charged with 206 counts. These include 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offense, 7 counts of third-degree sex offense, and 97 counts of child pornography.
Bell allegedly victimized 42 juveniles, forcing them to engage in sexual acts and filming them during these acts. The victims were between the ages of 11 and 17 and the crimes occurred between May 2015 and June 2017. Twenty-eight of those kids have been identified but 14 have not been identified. Some of the crimes occurred in Bell's home but many of them took place on school premises, according to the local media that have reported on the case, WTOP and WJLA (ABC 7).
FoxNews.com, CNN.com (CNN Wire), CBSNews.com, NBCWashington.com, and WashingtonPost.com posted stories online about the case, as did some other local and state media. To date, however, no national news network -- ABC, CBS, NBC -- has covered the story in its evening or morning broadcasts, based on a search of the Nexis news database.
There were at least 42 child victims and at least 10 of them were used to produce child pornography, a federal crime, but the networks are not reporting the story. (Despite that blackout, the Daily Post in Nigeria reported on the case, as did The Herald.)
Bell is being held without bail and his trial is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018. Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington is seeking life in prison for Bell, according to WTOP, "if Bell is convicted on the most serious charges."
Commenting on the case, Charles County Schools Superintendent Kimberly A. Hilll said, "These allegations are horrifying. To our parents and our community who put their faith and trust in us to safeguard our children, I apologize on behalf of Charles County Public Schools. Student safety is job one, and clearly we have our work to do to ensure that this will never happen again."