What to Know
- A grand jury indicted Deonte Carraway on 270 counts of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography charges Tuesday.
- The indictment covers 23 victims.
- Carraway faces multiple life sentences if convicted.
The former Maryland school aide accused of sexually abusing students at a Prince George's County elementary school will go on trial next year, the News4 I-Team has learned.
A federal judge in Greenbelt, Maryland, has scheduled Deonte Carraway's trial for March 14, 2017.
A grand jury indicted Carraway last month on 270 counts of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography charges Tuesday. The indictment covers 23 victims.
The time preceding the trial allows for months of hearings on motions made by Carraway's attorneys.
In April, Carraway's public defenders argued that the court should suppress some of Carraway's statements because some of those statements might have been "involuntary." The attorneys also sought to suppress evidence taken from Carraway's cellphones.
His defense attorneys said Carraway "exhibited significant cognitive deficits, with a full scale IQ of 63, which placed his overall intellectual functioning in the deficient range."
Prosecutors say Carraway made videos of children having sex with him and each other at the school, at a church and at other locations in Maryland. The videos allegedly produced include videos showing Carraway having sex with a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy. He "threatened, pressured, enticed, and/or coerced children" to engage in the acts, the indictment said.
The alleged victims included children between the ages of 9 and 12, according to court documents.
Among the hundreds of charges Carraway is facing: 23 counts of sex abuse of a minor; 125 counts of first-, second- and third-degree sex offenses; 66 counts of creating child pornography; and 56 counts of possessing child pornography. Some of the charges stem from acts depicted in cellphone videos taken on various dates, according to the indictment.
The alleged abuse occurred between August 2015 and February of this year, the indictment said.
All of the charges stem from Carraway's interactions with students at the school, the state's attorney's office said.
The state's attorney's office is conducting an investigation into whether anyone else should be held accountable.