Ex-Md. School Aide to Appear in Court on 270 Sex Crime Charges

WASHINGTON — A former school volunteer facing 270 charges related to child abuse and child pornography is expected to appear in court in Prince George’s County on Thursday morning.

Deonte Carraway, 23, a former elementary teacher’s aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School, was sentenced to 75 years in federal prison in August after pleading guilty to more than a dozen federal sexual exploitation and child pornography charges.

Between the local and federal cases, prosecutors believe he is responsible for abusing at least 23 children.

Police arrested Carraway in January 2016 after a family member discovered nude images on the victim’s phone.

Prosecutors said Carraway directed young students to engage in sexual activity with each other and himself and recorded some of the sexual acts on cellphones, some of which took place at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland.

In handing down Carraway’s 75-year sentence on the federal charges, U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow cited the enormity of Carraway’s crimes.

Carraway will serve his sentence at a federal facility for sex offender treatment. There is no parole in the federal system, but prisoners can earn up to 15 percent off their sentence for good behavior.

Carraway’s attorney, federal public defender John Chamble, had argued for leniency, saying Carraway has accepted responsibility for his actions, only has an IQ of 63 and had been sexually abused himself as a child.

The Carraway case outraged parents and led to the creation of a task force that made more than 60 recommendations for improving student safety.

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