A former teaching assistant who admitted that he instructed children to perform sex acts on the campus of a Maryland elementary school and recorded them is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Monday morning.
Deonte Carraway, 23, of Glenarden, faces 60 to 100 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in January to 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography.
The plea in federal court involves 12 children between ages 9 and 13, but the wide-ranging sex abuse investigation involves at least twice as many children, according to police and prosecutors.
Carraway also faces local charges in Prince George’s County Circuit Court, where a grand jury indicted him on 270 counts of sex abuse and other related charges.
All told, police said Carraway abused or recorded at least 23 children performing sex acts in a case that rattled Prince George’s, where Carraway worked at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Glenarden.
Carraway handed out cellphones to children and communicated with them through an anonymous social-messaging app, police said. He instructed them to record themselves and each other in instances when he was not there to film them, with some of the abuse occurring in private homes, at a municipal pool, in the Glenarden municipal center and in the band room of the school, police and prosecutors said.
“Carraway exercised supervisory care and control over his victims through his roles as a Dedicated Assistant [at the elementary school] and choir director by gaining the trust of parents who entrusted their children to Carraway’s care in their residences,” according to his federal plea agreement.
Carraway admitted to using a cellphone to record children performing sex acts on one another or him performing sex acts with them, according to the plea agreement.
Carraway also admitted to creating a group called the AKA Club and told the children that if they wanted to join, they had to send images of themselves, according to the plea agreement.
In one incident inside the band room of the elementary school, Carraway is heard on video instructing a boy and girl on video to perform explicit acts, federal prosecutors said. In another incident, prosecutors said, Carraway took advantage of a special-needs child.
Police discovered the abuse after an uncle checking a student’s cellphone discovered inappropriate photos and contacted authorities.