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Number of Children Victimized in Porn Case Rises to 17

Deonte Carraway is accused of filming "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13 while working as a school aide and youth choir director at a Maryland elementary school.

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    Deonte Carraway is accused of recording videos of child pornography at the Maryland elementary school where he worked as an aide and choir director.

    A total of 17 children have now come forward as the alleged victims of a youth choir director accused of making child pornography at a Maryland elementary school, according to Prince George's County police.

    Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden, is accused of filming "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13 while working as a school aide and youth choir director at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary.

    According to court documents, the FBI discovered dozens of videos depicting child pornography, some of which appeared to have been recorded in a school restroom. Carraway can be seen in one video molesting a child, according to the documents. In other videos, he can be heard directing the victims.

    Police said Carraway victimized children at school, the Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church, Glenarden Municipal Center, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

    He was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, according to police, who said Carraway admitted his role in producing child pornography.

    The number of alleged victims climbed to 17 on Wednesday.

    "We're conducting forensic interviews in Deonte Carraway case. Our concern is providing support to victims," said Police Chief Hank Stawinski.

    Carraway was a volunteer teacher's assistant at the school this year and the director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir at the municipal center, police said. He was a paid assistant at the school during the 2014-15 school year.

    Nothing criminal was found in Carraway's background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, officials have said.

    A lawsuit filed in connection with the case alleges the principal knew about Carraway's misconduct and failed to act. Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said Princial Michelle Williams has been placed on leave out of "an abundance of caution."

    It wasn't immediately clear if Carraway had an attorney.