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A former coach in Charles County who admitted he sexually assaulted dozens of boys has now pleaded guilty to child porn charges.

CHARLES COUNTY, MD — An HIV-positive man who formerly a coached a boy’s track team and worked as a teacher’s aide who previously admitted he sexually abused dozens of underage boys on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 in Charles County to 27 charges, including sex offenses, filming child pornography and attempted transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Federal prosecutors asked that Bell be sentenced to 150 years for creating child pornographyinvolving 10 children as a result of a plea deal. Bell admitted to forcing the youths into illicit acts for the purpose of pornography, WTOP reports.

Bell had been charged with more than 200 counts of abusing boys, but struck a plea deal that ensured the underage victims wouldn’t have to testify. Investigators have said he video recorded assaults on 42 victims, ages 11 to 17, over two years. He will be sentenced to no more than 190 years in prison in March, according to the plea agreement.

He could face additional charges, depending on whether Maryland State Police discover more evidence on a cellphone investigators are working to unlock, authorities said. Police began investigating Bell in December 2016 after a parent reported suspicious messages on her son’s cellphone.

A search warrant was obtained and computers and cellphones were seized from Bell’s home in Waldorf. Even when he knew he was under investigation, Bell obtained additional electronic devices and sexually assaulted eight boys between December and June 2016, WTOP-TV reported.

Charles County’s state’s attorney Tony Covington said the plea agreement, reached with the support of the victims and their parents, spares them the trauma of a public trial. The plea agreement means Bell will spend the rest of his life in prison, WSUA-TV reported.

“There is no death penalty in Maryland anymore,” Covington said. “There’s not a life without parole for these types of charges. So, we had to have enough charges where realistically, if he’s sentenced to the max under this agreement, 190 years, the likelihood is that he will be in jail for the rest of his life.”

At a news conference earlier this month, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry said the case was one of the worst he had seen in the 25 years he has worked in the county.

“Carlos Bell was in a position of trust,” Berry said. “And he misused that to violate the most vulnerable people in our community, our children.”

Once they were aware of the investigation, Charles County Public Schools officials immediately removed Bell from his jobs as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and the indoor track coach at La Plata High School. He was fired in January 2017.