A federal grand jury indicted a former school aide and choir director accused of making child pornography with 13 counts of sexually exploiting children, according to court documents obtained by News4.
These counts against 22-year-old Deonte Carraway include sexual acts with children and involve 11 victims ages 9 to 12, according to court documents. The indictment replaces last week's criminal complaint on eight counts involving six victims.
Carraway made videos of children having sex with him and each other at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School, a church and other locations in Maryland, according to the indictment. He met some of the victims at the school and others through his choir group.
According to victim testimony, Carraway used his authority to threaten some of the victims.
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"The defendant allegedly took a child out of a classroom to a dressing room in the building and instructed the child to take off his clothes," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said last week. "According to the allegations in the complaint, the child resisted, didn't want to do it, at which point the victim threatened him that if he didn't comply, the defendant would report him to the principal or the police."
Among the videos Carraway produced, are videos of him having sex with a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, according to the indictment.
Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, according to police, who said Carraway waived his rights and admitted his role in producing child pornography.
"Federal authorities will continue to work with Prince George's County police and prosecutors to identify additional victims, provide appropriate counseling and hold the perpetrator accountable," Rosenstein said.
Each count carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
Carraway is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
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He also faces child sex abuse charges in state court.
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.
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 Principal Michelle Williams has been placed on leave out of "an abundance of caution."
Information on an attorney for Carraway was not immediately available.