Avolunteer at a Maryland elementary school is facing child pornography charges after he was arrested for forcing children to have sex with him and one another on school property as he recorded and shared the videos on his phone.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Deonte Carraway, 22, told children ages 9 to 13 they were part of a special club called “AKA” at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden. The aide also reportedly abused children at a church, a pool, a community center, and several homes by threatening the students that if they didn’t participate, they would get in trouble. He shared the videos on Kik, an anonymous messaging app. He is known to have victimized at least 17 children.
In one instance, Carraway asked a 9-year-old boy to take off his pants, and when the boy refused, Carraway threatened to contact the principal and police, prosecutors said. He then ordered another child to have sex with the boy and recorded the act on his phone, prosecutors said. One of Carraway’s cellphones was also found at the home of a victim, the documents said.
“I think that illustrates the evil, really, that we see in these sort of cases,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Carraway was indicted on child abuse charges and eight counts of producing child pornography on Tuesday.
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Two lawsuits, including a class-action complaint, have already been filed against the school system. According to the complaints, the school’s principal, Michelle Williams — who was placed on leave after Carraway’s arrest earlier this month — didn’t follow up on reports by parents and teachers of predatory behavior by Carraway. When a relative showed an explicit video to Williams, she didn’t call police, instead telling the relative to return to the school the next day, the lawsuits say.
The relative called police on his own, and Carraway was quickly arrested.
Williams was placed on administrative leave following Carraway’s arrest.
He admitted to exploiting the children:
“I know it was wrong. I’m a bad person. I’m no child of God for doing this,” Carraway told investigators. “… I know I’m older and I knew it was wrong because kids don’t know better and I just lost it and now it don’t look good on my part.”
Prosecutors believe Carraway worked alone, but are investigating the possibility of other adults involved. With each child pornography charge, Carraway faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.