UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Almost a week after he was charged with producing videos of young children performing sexual acts on the grounds of a Prince George’s County Elementary School, Deonte Carraway spoke exclusively with FOX 5’s Marina Marraco in a jailhouse interview at the Prince George’s County Correctional Center.
Carraway was a former teacher’s assistant at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden. The 22-year-old is facing 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense.
Prince George’s County police said they have identified 14 victims so far in their investigation ranging from 9 to 13 years old. Detectives found Carraway had about 40 videos showing the victims performing sex acts on each other or alone under his direction. Police also believe Carraway abused seven of his victims.
No cameras were allowed in the detention center where Carraway was being held, but Marraco along with her photographer spent roughly an hour with Carraway, meeting him in the medical ward of the jail separated by a glass partition. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit, but was not handcuffed or shackled.
One of the first questions Marraco asked him was whether he was involved in the child pornography charges he is being accused of. He was very candid and told her he did participate in the filming and directing of some of these videos.
But when Carraway was asked if he understood the severity of his charges and the possibility of facing the rest of his life in prison, he began to break down and cry. He said he understood what he did was wrong and was sorry, but he claims he never sexually interacted with these children physically and was only watching them from behind the camera.
Carraway said he had access to these explicit videos of the young victims, many of them taken on the children's cellphones. These videos were sent to his cellphone through the Kik messaging app, he said.
He told Marraco everything all started as fun and games such as Hide and Go Seek or Truth or Dare. Then it evolved into kissing and more sexual acts between the children, including sexual intercourse. He considered himself more of a friend than an adult figure to these children.
He said on the night he was taken into custody by police last Friday, he was at the home of one of the alleged victims.
Carraway told FOX 5 that he has a history of being sexually abused while growing up. He said he was raped when he was about 10 years old.
He said he was also bullied while attending DuVal High School in Lanham. He claimed that fellow students attempted to remove his clothing and that he was nearly raped in high school.
He told Marraco that he mentioned his troubled past to police officers.
According to Marraco, when he was asked if he understood the impact his actions might have on his alleged victims moving forward, Carraway just put his head down and cried and would not elaborate further on that.
Marraco appeared on Good Day DC Friday morning to discuss the interview with Carraway further. Watch that video below: