But as WTOP reports, a backlog at the Maryland State Police's computer forensics lab kept authorities from discovering evidence of Bell's assaults on his cell phone for several months, and an arrest wasn't made until June of this year.
A 206-count indictment returned against 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell on October 20 lists a total of 42 victims ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old. The time frame of the alleged conduct spans approximately 2 years from May of 2015 through June of 2017.
A former school aide and coach in Maryland, Carlos Bell has been arrested for sexually assaulting 42 of his male students and infecting them with HIV.
Bell's original charges were for assaulting at least 7 boys, mostly middle school age.
"The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years old to 17 years old", the Charles County State Attorney's Office said in a statement.
While Bell purportedly sexually attacked understudies while not wearing insurance, the express lawyer's office said they didn't know about any of the casualties testing positive for HIV. The school district removed him from both positions when the investigation began in late 2016.
Officials said the indictment covers 28 identified alleged victims and 14 unidentified alleged victims.
"To our parents and our community, who put their faith and trust in us to safeguard their children, I apologize on behalf of Charles County Public Schools".
The charges against Bell include sex offenses, child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and other charges. He is being held without bond and the start date of the trial has been set for January 8, 2018. Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington has said he intends to seek a life sentence if Bell is convicted on the most serious charges. The State's Attorney's Office strongly encourages parents/guardians to speak with any child that may have had contact with Carlos Bell and immediately report any relevant information to the Sheriff's Office.