HIV Positive Charles County Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

January 6, 2018
Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty Friday, January, 5, 2018, to sexually abusing students and filming child pornography, prosecutors said.

Bell, signed a plea agreement admitting guilt on 27 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, porn charges and attempted transmission of HIV, the state’s attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington, said.
“You really can’t imagine what had to be gone through when investigating this case,” he said, alluding to the hours of video in the case that “nobody ever wants to see.”

Covington said one of his goals was maintaining the privacy and anonymity of the victims in the case, something made easier by avoiding a trial that would have been open to the public.

Detectives began investigating Bell in December when they received a tip of possible inappropriate behavior with a student while he was coaching track. Bell was immediately removed from the school where he worked and was barred from coaching. Detectives searched Bell’s work computer, but nothing suspicious was found. They also served a search warrant at Bell’s home where they recovered his home computer and other electronics. The devices were submitted to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab where data was subsequently retrieved linking Bell to the production of child pornography. Investigators also determined Bell sexually abused several males on school property, his home and possibly at other locations. Further, Bell admitted to being HIV positive and evidence was recovered to corroborate that statement.

UPDATE 7/31/2017: A Charles County middle school instructional assistant and track coach who’s accused of sexually assaulting several male students while being HIV positive has been handed down an 119-count indictment, according to officials.

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, faces the following charges according to the state attorney’s office:

  • 12 counts of child sexual abuse (each count carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison)
  • 48 counts of second-degree sex offense (each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison)
  • 2 counts of third-degree sex offense (each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison)
  • 2 counts of second-degree assault (each count carries a maximum sentence 10 years in prison)
  • 44 counts of filming child pornography (each count carries a maximum sentence 10 years in prison)
  • 2 counts of solicitation of a minor (each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison)
  • 5 counts displaying obscene matter to a minor (each count carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison)
  • 3 counts of transmitting or attempting to transmit HIV virus to another (each count carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison)
  • 6 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (each count carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison)
  • Distribution of marijuana (carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison)

Investigators said they believed there could be more victims. Authorities urged parents whose children may have had contact with Bell to talk with them.

The FBI established a hotline for anyone with concerns about their children relating to the case. That number is 1-800-225-5324.
UPDATE 7/5/2017: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation of Carlos Bell, a former instructional assistant at a local middle school, who was charged with the production of child pornography and assault of several middle-school aged children.

Investigators have learned additional details regarding Bell’s involvement with youth:

• In the fall of 2008, Bell worked as a facility attendant with the Charles County Department of Community Services.
• In the fall of 2015, Bell worked for AlphaBest, a Charles County government contractor, that provided before and after school care at J.P. Ryon Elementary School and William B. Wade Elementary School.

• In the spring of 2016, Bell volunteered as an assistant coach for a track club, Comets, located in Waldorf. The athletes ranged in age from 15-18 years old.

In addition, detectives received information Bell may have coached or assisted coaching a variety of sports throughout the region.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone whose children may have been coached by Bell to talk with his or her children regarding this matter. If evidence of wrongdoing is suspected, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI. While the CCSO is the primary investigative agency, the FBI established this tip line to assist in the investigation and to help streamline information.

The CCSO is working non-stop with the Charles County Public Schools, Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, Charles County Health Department and Charles County Government on this investigation. Significant updates will be published as necessary.


7/3/2017: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives, with the assistance of the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office and Charles County Public Schools, have arrested Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, in connection with the production of child pornography and three counts of second-degree assault. Bell, who had been an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and a former track coach at La Plata High School, was arrested at his home on June 30 after a Charles County Grand Jury indicted him. He is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center with no bond.

Detectives began investigating Bell in December when they received a tip of possible inappropriate behavior with a student while he was coaching track. Bell was immediately removed from the school where he worked and was barred from coaching. Detectives searched Bell’s work computer, but nothing suspicious was found. They also served a search warrant at Bell’s home where they recovered his home computer and other electronics. The devices were submitted to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab where data was subsequently retrieved linking Bell to the production of child pornography. Investigators also determined Bell sexually abused several males on school property, his home and possibly at other locations. Further, Bell admitted to being HIV positive and evidence was recovered to corroborate that statement. Additional charges are forthcoming.

Detectives are continuing to sort through materials and evidence in an effort to determine if there are additional victims. Investigators are asking anyone whose child may have had contact with Bell to talk with their children about this matter.

With the assistance of the FBI, a special telephone number has been established for anyone with concerns about their children relating to this case. That phone number is 1-800-CALL-FBI. The investigation is ongoing.

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf

23 Responses to HIV Positive Charles County Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

  1. Anonymous on July 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I hope they give his nasty @$$ the maximum on all counts. That would keep him in jail for 1977 years. I don’t think any parent will have to worry about this trash touching their kids ever again. I also hope a little prison justice significantly shortens his sentence and he is released in a box.

  2. ( . Y . ) on July 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    •3 counts of transmitting or attempting to transmit HIV virus to another (each count carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison)

    WHAT?!?!?! Distribution of marijuana gets him 5 years, but attempting to knowingly transmit HIV to someone gets him 3 years. Something is wrong in this State.

    So if he is guilty of all of those things, my math says that is 1,797 years in prison. Using my Maryland law calculator, that means he will get sentenced to 11 years in prison, all but 1 year suspended, and he will be released with time served

    • GetBack on August 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Man you are SO correct – it’s not funny.

      WTF are these legislators thinking.

      No punishment – no fear – no deterrent – no justice

  3. SRS on July 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Bell just needs someone to help him….die.

  4. Heck off you're no fren on July 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Just kill him slowly

  5. Nick on August 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Damn shame that distributing pot gets more of a (possible) sentence than intentionally transmitting or attempting to transmit HIV virus to another (each count carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison)

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Name one person who got 5 years for distributing pot. I’ll wait.

  6. Anonymous on August 1, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Keep putting these liberal idiots in the school systems that support lgbt lifestyles and this behavior will keep happening.

    • Bob Lob Law on August 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      There it is.

  7. Gary on August 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry but I can’t post what I want to say because I know it will not be posted

    • anonymous on August 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      LOL idiot.

  8. Pat on August 2, 2017 at 6:56 am

    So let me get this straight. Selling pot gets a max of 5 years BUT spreading or attempting to spread the HIV death sentence is a max of 3 years?

    • Jeff Spicoli on January 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      OK dude we get it. You like weed. Most losers do.

      • Pwned on January 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        And Pat just got pwned by Spicoli…

  9. Ian Millis on August 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Ghetto trash all these types moving from SE into waldorf having 15 people in a townhouse has got to stop all the leasing offices in waldorf are messed up letting this going on they are corrupting Charles county and making it a uncool place I remember when I graduated from Westlake in 01 everyone was cool with everyone and handled our problems like men now it’s like aa zoo

  10. Anonymous on January 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Shoot him and get it over with

  11. Anonymous on January 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Like I said in my previous post, prison justice is all we can hope for at this point. This POS does not deserve the gift of life he was given. The only thing he truly deserves is pain and misery until his last breath.

  12. Anonymous on January 8, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    In the voice of Robbie “Kid Rock from Joe Dirt: Waldorf Sucks!!!!

  13. Marcell on January 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This article is old. How many times are they gonna post it. Leave a brother alone already

    • Dookie gonna dookie on January 9, 2018 at 8:50 am

      I know man, always trying to take down the brothers. Its not like he molested/raped/video taped/attempted to transmit HIV to anyone. Oh wait…

    • Rob Stark on January 10, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Marcell, sorry this upset you but it is an update, not just a re-run of the old story. He pled guilty in court so it is reasonable that people in this county might want to know the outcome of this case. This is one of the biggest cases in the county last year.

  14. Marcell on January 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    BS!!!!

  15. still no mission statement on January 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Its nice we don’t have to read stories and know what the hell happened to comment on them. We’ll have to review the press conference to findout: did the Superintendent request that these victims, when they become adults, be able to decide for themselves whether they are victims, and indeed, request that the suspect be let out of jail, or at least have that portion of the sentence reduced? Did the States Attorney (SA) make the pledge that if any of the victims want the suspect out of jail when they’re an adult, then hes out, or, that portion of his sentence is removed? Did the Sheriff make that request? Adults need to stop deciding for juveniles that they’re victims when they’re adults. Victims should receive regular letters from the courts/ SAs office, do you want your suspect to remain in jail? Which is not to say they should receive excessive sentences. No one needs to decide for a victim whether they’re ruined or not. There are quite a few adults who have problems with their parents doing something about it, these kinds of situations, and all the parents do is apologize. The adult victims do not need to be corrected about the way they feel about how their juvenile crime was handled.