GREENBELT – On Monday morning in a federal courtroom, 23-year-old Deonte Carraway of Glenarden, a former Prince George's County school aide at Sylvania Woods Elementary School who pleaded guilty in January to 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography, was sentenced to 75 years in federal prison.
Before he was sentenced, Carraway told U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Chasanow that he was ashamed of his actions, and said he’s not the monster that people are making him out to be.
In March 2016, detectives from the Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit of the Prince George’s County Police Department arrested Carraway after an uncle of a 9-year-old child went to the school with the child’s cell phone containing disturbing photos. That night the uncle went to the police. The next day, Carraway was questioned and arrested.
“There’s just no way, Mr. Carraway, to restate the magnitude and the enormity of the harm you caused,” Chasanow said. “You knew it was wrong in some sense and yet you persisted.”
Carraway was also indicted in June 2016 in Prince George’s County Circuit Court on 270 counts of sexual abuse, among other charges. According to the indictment, Carraway is now facing: 23 counts of sexual abuse of a minor; 125 counts of first, second and third-degree sexual 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.
“If he is convicted on all charges, he can face 200 to 300 years in jail,” said John Erzen, spokesperson for Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.