A lawsuit alleges the principal heard about the abuse but did not stop it because she had no proof
A 22-year-old Maryland elementary school volunteer has confessed to making child pornography involving at least 10 students as young as 9 years old, PEOPLE confirms.
On Feb. 5, Deonte Carraway, 22, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second degree sexual offense after allegedly admitting to police that he made videos and solicited photos of at least 10 students, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE.
Carraway was a volunteer teacher’s assistant at Judge Sylvian Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland during the current school year. Before he worked as a volunteer, Carraway was a paid classroom aide from November 2014 to September 2015, police say.
The 22-year-old allegedly filmed videos during the school day, police tell PEOPLE. He also allegedly solicited the children to send him pictures and videos of pornographic matter.
His alleged victims ranged from 9 to 13 years old.
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On February 4, an alleged victim’s uncle reached out to police after discovering nude photos on his young nephew’s phone, police say. The photograph, which was allegedly of the boy’s naked buttocks, was allegedly being sent to Carraway through the mobile app Kik. The photograph led police to start a “wide-ranging investigation,” charging documents obtained by PEOPLE state.
On one of Carraway’s SIM cards, detectives allegedly discovered at least 40 videos showing “young victims performing sexual acts on each other or alone at the direction of Carraway.” The 22-year-old also allegedly performed oral sex on one of the victims who was 10 years old in the bathroom of the school.
Carraway also was director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth choir and other youth groups that planned dances and trips for children. Police believe Carraway also allegedly produced videos and photos and sexually abused the children at the local municipal center, the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center, as well as private homes.
Carraway is being held on $1 million bond, police say.
Lawsuit: Principal Knew of Sex Abuse
On Wednesday, after news broke of the abuse, Judge Sylvian Woods Elementary School Principal Williams was placed on administrative leave, a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Public Schools tells PEOPLE.
According to a lawsuit filed by a victim’s family against the school and the Prince George’s County Board of Education, Carraway’s abuse “was common knowledge among the students” and that Principal Michelle Williams was aware of the alleged abuse but “refused to take any action” because of lack of proof.
Parents and teachers allegedly voiced their concern to school staff, but Williams allegedly “took no action,” according to the suit.
(PEOPLE’s inquiry to the principal, placed through the board of education, was not responded to as of press time.)
Although police originally believed there were 10 victims, it is now believed there are 30 victims, the suit states.
Carraway would allegedly coerce the young children to perform sexual acts on themselves, each other and him by telling them they would be “participating in a ‘club,'” the suit says.
“Carraway used his position as a teacher’s assistant to sexually assault and prey on students,” the suit continues.
The alleged videos were made from early 2015 until Carraway’s arrest on Feb. 4, according to the suit.
A spokesperson for the board tells PEOPLE the board has not yet seen the suit. “We have not seen the suit yet. We’ve heard about it on the radio and on the news but we have not been served yet,” the spokesperson says.