WALDORF, MD. (WUSA9) - Families of alleged victims of accused child predator Carlos DeAngelo Bell are now demanding mandatory training and policy changes throughout Maryland public school systems to stop incidents of child sex abuse in schools.
Attorney's for families went farther to suggest that teachers should wear body cameras and classrooms should be video monitored. Schools should also consider HIV status self-reporting in schools, their attorneys said.
"When you can see that companies like Amazon can arrange to people to get packages in their home when they're not home, surely we can do more for kids to ensure that the minute someone takes them out of school they are being monitored, or our of the classroom that they are being monitored," said attorney Charles Tucker.
Tucker and partner Carlos E. Moore announced they have sent a "demand letter" to Charles County Public Schools in Maryland to urge the system to implement reforms.Bell faces a 206-count indictment for allegedly sexually abusing as many as 28 children and teens while working as a teacher's aide and coach in Charles County Maryland between 2014 and 2016.
He is HIV positive. Bell is also a former reality TV star who was featured in the CBS show "The Job", where he pursued a career in the fashion industry.
Tucker and Moore said 18 states require training in school systems to ferret out abusers but Maryland is not among those states.
"Maybe we need to have some self-reporting of HIV status," Moore said.
A spokesman for Charles County Public Schools responded with a written statement:
"We are shocked and saddened by the numerous sexual abuse allegations against a former employee, Carlos Bell. Charles County Public Schools continues to cooperate fully with local law enforcement agencies and we place the highest priority on the protection and safety of our students," wrote spokesperson Katie O'Malley-Simpson . "It is premature for the school system to comment on any civil matter while the Charles County State’s Attorney is pursuing criminal charges. To date, the Superintendent of Schools has not received a copy of the demand letter from the law firm."
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