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High School Guidance Counselor Indicted on Child Sex Crimes

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SALISBURY, Md.- A Wicomico County Public Schools guidance counselor  arrested last month on child sex crimes has been indicted on 31 charges.

Allen E.  Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, was indicted Monday in Wicomico County Circuit Court on three counts of sex abuse of a minor, seven counts of third-degree sex offense, 10 counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of child pornography filming a minor in a sex act. 

Mitchell was initially arrested on Jan. 12 and charged with 15 sex-related crimes, including second-degree rape.

According to court documents, Mitchell, a Wicomico County Public School employee who worked as a guidance counselor at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, had multiple pictures of underage female students on his phone.  Police say all three alleged victims attend public schools within the county. 

According to court documents, it all started when one of the victims spoke out in late December after Mitchell asked her for nude photos on the social media app, Snapchat. But she was not the only one. 

As early as 2015, Mitchell was reportedly having sexual relations with a 14-year-old student.  According to court documents, that female student began having oral sex and exchanging nude photos with Mitchell when she started babysitting his daughter in 2015.

Other underage students were identified by police from alleged photos on Mitchell's phone. Police say much of Mitchell's communication with each of the female victims was through Snapchat. 

Following his arrest in January, Mitchell was placed on administrative leave pending this criminal investigation. 

To read the full narrative from Mitchell's charging court documents, click here

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