A former Prince George's County school aide was sentenced to 75 years in prison Monday after admitting to taking and sharing cellphone videos of children performing sex acts.
Deonte Carraway, a former aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland, had pleaded guilty in January to 15 federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography.
He admitted in his plea agreement he engaged in sex acts with children, using a cellphone to record the acts. He also told the children to perform sex acts with each other and gave them phones to record the acts.
Carraway founded a club at the school and had children send him sexually explicit images in order to join. In court, prosecutors said Carraway video chatted with one 12-year-old, telling the victim to perform inappropriate behaviors.
The abuse began in the fall of 2015 and continued for more than a year inside Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, where he volunteered. He also reportedly recorded sex abuse videos in the homes of his victims and at the Glenarden Community Center.
Carraway was arrested in February 2016 after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, police said. Investigators then linked the aide to other victims in the case.
Carraway was indicted last year in Prince George's County Court on 270 criminal charges of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography. He pleaded not guilty.
Despite the 75-year federal sentence handed down Monday, Prince George's County prosecutors say they are continuing to pursue their own case against Carraway.
"Our case is set for trial on Sept. 28 and we look forward to holding Mr. Carraway accountable for his actions," an official with the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office told News4 in a statement.