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[Update]US: Sentence postponed until July 26 for man previously found to be “risk to the public” for alleged HIV non-disclosure

Sentencing rescheduled for Escambia man accused of spreading HIV to partners
July 12, 2019

Source WearTV on July 12, 2019

Sentencing rescheduled for Escambia man accused of spreading HIV to partners

The Florida man who was deemed as “a danger to society” by an Escambia County jury had a another competency hearing on Friday.

According to court records, RX was charged three felony counts of having sex with women and without telling them he’s HIV positive.

X pleaded no contest to those charges and testified in court saying ” I’m not a monster.”

The arrest report states X admitted he knew about his positive test result since September of 2016 and believes there are additional victims.

The State Attorney Office says X didn’t “score” in the range to receive state prison as a punishment, so the state put into question Bradford’s danger to the public.

A penalty procedure was held in April and a jury determines X was a danger to society.

On Thursday X asked to court to withdraw his plea, saying he was incompetent at the time.

Court records show, the judge denied the motion and X faces a sentence of fifteen years in prison.

X is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. after Defense Attorney Patrece Cashwell told the judge she had 11 witnesses to see for the case.


 Source: WearTV on May 31, 2019

Pensacola man accused of spreading HIV to women faces 15 years in prison

A Pensacola man who admitted to not sharing his HIV status with his sexual partners was back in court on Thursday.

According to court records, X’s attorneys tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but the judge said he will move forward with the case.

We reported back in April that an Escambia County jury deemed X a danger to society after it took them no more than an hour to reach their decision.

Police reports indicated the incidents occurred in Escambia County and Pensacola between September 2016 and October 2017.

X was arrested in 2017, according to records filed and he faces up to 15 years in state prison.

The state attorney says X will be sentenced in July 2019.


 

Published in WearTV on April 11, 2019

“I’m not a monster”, Man admits to hiding HIV status

A man who admitted to having sex with women without telling them he is HIV positive has been deemed a danger to society by an Escambia County jury.

Channel 3 News’ Chorus Nylander was the only reporter in the courtroom.

It took an Escambia County jury no more than an hour to reach their decision– determining X is a danger to the public which means he will get a harsher sentence.

This was a historic case of sorts for the 1st District Court, its first penalty phase proceeding meaning the jury was here not to determine guilt but more broadly if he’s a risk to the public.

 Two victims took the stand providing emotional testimony of their account of what happened.
 
At one point, the jury was asked to leave the courtroom so one of them could compose themselves.
 

The defense held onto improvements in medicine to control HIV infections for leniency The State saying that’s irrelevant to his crimes Bodiford took the stand apologizing to the victims.

“I feel very very horrible about the situation I’ve learned my lesson I’ve never intended to hurt these women I cared for these women I’m not some monster,” Bodiford told the Judge and jury.

His sentence will ultimately be up to the judge who will take up the issue on May 17th.


 Published in WearTV on July 19th, 2019

REPORT: Court date set for man arrested for having sex without disclosing HIV status

A 26-year-old Escambia man arrested for having sex with at least three women and not informing them he was HIV positive has a court date.

RX has a court date set for August 2nd.

According to a report warrant, the incidents happened between September 2016 and October 2017 in Escambia County and Pensacola per the warrant.

X confessed to deputies he is HIV positive, the warrant stated.

A relative listed in the report stated she believed he’s known since 2012 of his sexual status.

Investigators believe there could be more victims.


Published in WearTV on Jan 29, 2018

Bond denied for HIV positive man accused of infecting women

Bond has been denied for an Escambia County man accused of not disclosing his positive HIV status to women he slept with. The bond hearing for 25-year-old RX was held Monday, January 29th.

In court, his docket day was rescheduled for April 18th. According to the State Attorney’s Office, a competency hearing will be scheduled between now and his scheduled docket day.

WEAR ABC 3 previously reported X was arrested in November 2017 for three felony counts of crimes against a person. According to the 2017 Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) arrest report, at least three women who had unprotected sex with X told deputies he never warned them that he is HIV positive.

The report states X admitted he knew about his positive test result since September of 2016 and believes there are additional victims. As of January 2018 he remains in the Escambia County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

 

US: Efforts to modernise Missouri HIV criminalisation law will continue, with the hope that Michael Johnson’s release will “spur legislature to reform its draconian HIV-specific criminal law”

After Michael Johnson’s Release, What Next for Missouri HIV Criminalization?
July 12, 2019

After Michael Johnson’s Release, What Next for Missouri HIV Criminalization?

On July 9, Michael Johnson, a Black gay man from Missouri, made headlines when he was released early after entering a plea deal and being sentenced to 10 years in prison. He had been convicted of “recklessly,” as the ruling judge described it, transmitting HIV to two men, and exposing four others to the virus.

Described as a “flashpoint” for the national discussion on HIV criminalization laws, Johnson’s case resolved just after an HIV criminalization reform bill stalled in the state legislature earlier this year. In a state that had 12,890 people living with HIV by the end of 2017, what, then, is next for the movement to decriminalize people who are HIV positive?

In 2015, Johnson was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison after a racially-charged and biased trial in a mostly-white Missouri suburb. Evidence submitted to the court described Johnson’s penis as “huge”—even presenting images of it. Before that, potential jurors had been asked whether they thought homosexuality was a choice, as BuzzFeed News reported.

Described as “fundamentally unfair” by the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District in 2016, Johnson’s conviction was overturned because the prosecution had failed to provide evidence to the defense in a timely manner. The Court of Appeals judges also determined the 30-year prison sentence to be unconstitutional and “grossly disproportionate.”

To avoid returning to trial, Johnson accepted a 2017 plea deal that recognized the prosecution had enough evidence to prove his guilt, but did not itself admit guilt, which led to his early release. Johnson continues to maintain that he did disclose his status.

Now on parole, Johnson is returning to a state that still has a law specifically-criminalizing the non-disclosure of HIV status to a sexual partner.

Catherine Hanssens, the executive director of the Brooklyn-based Center for HIV Law and Policy, underscored to Filter that “there was no proof that Michael was the source of transmission and it was [the two men’s] word against his that he didn’t disclose his HIV status.”

“In a case where HIV transmission might have resulted, the otherwise legal conduct of the person diagnosed with HIV becomes a Class A felony—the same as murder,” said Hanssens.

Now on parole, Johnson is returning to a state that still has a law specifically-criminalizing the non-disclosure of HIV status to a sexual partner, regardless of whether a person actually infected their partner, or intended to do so. Recall that, if their viral load is “undetectable,” a person with HIV cannot transmit the virus.

“Michael Johnson became the poster child of HIV criminalization [and] I think what happened to him is cruel,” said Devin Hursey, a peer educator and activist based in Kansas City, Missouri, “but we have to remember that he is not the only one.” For the period between January 2008 and June 2019, The Center for HIV Law and Policy identified 17 media reports of HIV criminalization cases in the state of Missouri.

Efforts to Reform the Law

With the support of activist organizations like Missouri HIV Justice Coalition, state Representative Tracy McCreerey introduced a bill (House Bill 166) this past legislative session intended to strike HIV-specific (and hepatitis-specific) language from the law—instead substituting the phrase, “a serious infectious or communicable disease”—and to lower the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor.

At the same time, Representative Holly Rehder brought a similar bill (HB 167) that also proposed striking the infection-specific language. It diverged from McCreerey’s in maintaining the offense as a felony.

For Hursey, HB 167 “reflects the the political reality” of Missouri, while McCreerey’s is “the more ideal bill.” Neither made it out of Missouri’s House of Representatives, though HB 167 did get to the final stages of legislative review.

The failed 2019 bills would have prevented HIV from being “listed in [a defendant’s] criminal record explicitly,” explained Hursey. A felony record can make finding employment and housing difficult. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act all prohibit discrimination against job applicants, employees, potential residents and tenants on the basis of HIV/AIDS status, people are stripped of their privacy when HIV is specified in an offense.

HB 167 would be an important step towards modernizing HIV law shaped by the widespread racist and homophobic stigma that emerged during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, argue some HIV decriminalization advocates. Joining them, Timothy Lohmar, the lead prosecutor who requested a life sentence in Johnson’s case, reasonsthat, unlike when the laws were first passed, HIV is no longer considered a “death sentence.” Instead, given “advancements in science and medicine,” like the increasing availability of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP), Lohmar and others don’t see the need to single out HIV anymore.

“Criminal laws that target a particular disease, based on identities associated with that disease, will always be irrational.”

But Devin Hursey sees HB 167’s language-change as simply a “euphemism.” After all, people positive for the three infections previously targeted could still be charged with felonies for not disclosing their status to a partner. HB 167 also does nothing to mitigate the way that Missouri law imposes harsher penalties for people who do sex work and are HIV-positive. Potentially in addition to an HIV-transmission offense, the penalty for prostitution when living with HIV is raised from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class B felony, punishable by up to 15 years of incarceration—a “30-fold disparity in punishment on HIV status alone.”

“Empower Missouri would like to see a version that treats HIV as other non-criminalized diseases,” said Conner Kerrigan, a spokesperson for the health and social justice advocacy group. Likewise, Catherine Hanssens believes that “Criminal laws that target a particular disease, based on identities associated with that disease, will always be irrational.”

For Hursey, HB 167’s proposed language is racially “coded.” The viruses that Missouri law had previously singled out disproportionately impact Black people and men who have sex with men (MSM). In a state where African Americans comprise 11.8 percent of the population, they constitute nearly half (46 percent) of all people living with HIV. Additionally, MSM make up the majority (62 percent) of those diagnosed with the virus.

The bill “is still harmful,” said Hursey, adding that “It just insults my intelligence. Just because you take the language out, it doesn’t make the bill better.” Kerrigan similarly concluded that the bill has its limitations. “The version of that bill that was debated on the [House] floor is not the version that it needs to be in order to bring justice to those who are affected by these laws,” he told Filter.

Senator Rehder’s office did respond to Filter‘s request for comment by publication time.

Although HB 167 failed to pass and has shortcomings, it did spark important discussions amongst policymakers—which was part of advocates’ strategy, according to Hursey. By introducing two similar bills that took different stances on decriminalization, they could “tease out the nuances” of HIV criminalization for Representatives. And Kerrigan sees that, in itself, “as a success in our efforts,” adding that “We basically got an hour-long seminar on HIV modernization on the floor of the House.”

HB 167 still has a long way to go in the Missouri legislature before it becomes law. Empower Missouri intends to “be hitting it hard” during the 2020 legislative session, said Kerrigan. Until then, they plan to focus on public education. “Legislation only moves when it’s demanded. And we want it to be demanded by constituents. We want people of Missouri to understand the status of HIV as a disease.”

Jada Hicks, a staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, recommends that “The fight against HIV criminalization […] focus on an intersectional approach.”

“This is not just about HIV, added the Center’s director, Catherine Hanssens; “it is about identity, race, class, gender and sex when those whom our society disfavors engage in it.”

Hicks hopes that Michael Johnson’s high-profile release will “spur the legislature to reform its draconian HIV-specific criminal law so that no more young Black men, like Michael, pay the price for others’ ignorance.”

US: Man arrested for alleged HIV exposure in Tennessee

Knoxville man arrested for criminal HIV exposure
July 11, 2019

Source WVLT8, July 10, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — According to court documents, a Knoxville man was arrested on charges of criminal HIV exposure.

X was allegedly intimate with his partner five times before disclosing that he is HIV positive, said a report.

X had allegedly been in a relationship with the unidentified person for a month.

According to the CDC, there are treatment options for HIV positive individuals that can make the sexual transmission of the virus extremely unlikely.

Medication known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV virus in the blood to undetectable levels and stop the symptoms of the virus from progressing.

It is unknown if X was being treated with ART at the time of his arrest.

[Update] US: Michael Johnson set free after spending 5 years in prison

BREAKING: Michael Johnson Has Been Set Free
July 9, 2019

BREAKING: Michael Johnson Has Been Set Free

After being unjustly sentenced to 30 years for HIV “exposure,” Michael Johnson walked out of prison a free man today — five years early. 

In 2015, Michael Johnson (known online as “Tiger Mandingo”) was convicted for one felony charge of “knowingly” transmitting HIV to one man, and four charges of exposing four other men to the virus who didn’t contract it.

This week, Johnson was set free after serving five years in prison — thanks to a prior plea deal.

“I feel great,” Johnson told BuzzFeed reporter Steven W. Thrasher as he left Boonville Correctional Center. “Leaving prison is such a great feeling.” who’s been covering the story for six years. 

He added, “It’s good I had the support of everyone who wrote me letters. There are times when you get down, and it helps that people knew why I was fighting the system.” 

One of the most highly publicized HIV nondisclosure cases in the last few years, Johnson, a poz college wrestler, had been convicted and sentenced to 30 years in a St. Charles County, Mo. court. After the verdict, his lawyers chose to appeal, citing that prosecutors failed to turn over significant evidence.

The appeals court ultimately overturned his conviction and granted a new trial. 

Prosecutors originally suggested they would take the case to another trial, but Johnson won a plea deal that didn’t require him to admit guilt. As BuzzFeed explained, in what is known as an Alford plea, a defendant “doesn’t admit guilt to a crime itself, but admits that there is enough evidence that they may be found guilty if their case goes to trial.”

Furthermore, because the charges he pled to fell under health statutes, Johnson will no longer be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Missouri or Indiana (his home state).  

Johnson is just one of many people living with HIV who’ve become victim to criminalization laws, which make it legal to lock up HIV-positive people for failing to disclose their status to a sexual partner, even in situations where transmission neither occurred nor was scientifically possible.

These draconian laws were passed during a time when AIDS was believed to be a “gay man’s disease” and a death sentence. The statutes are wrenched with homophobia and stigma, yet most of the states that enacted them still have them on the books. 

The men Johnson allegedly “exposed” to HIV were predominantly white, and given that St. Charles County is a mostly white suburb of St. Louis, his case has often been reported with subtextual racism: photos of his dark skin and shirtless photos were featured in news outlets.

Johnson’s treatment in court was also scrutinized. Johnson’s own lawyer opened the trial with: “You have to consider my client guilty until proven otherwise,” before the judge reportedly corrected them by saying, “I believe you meant to say ‘innocent.'”

Additionally, the trial blatantly ignored scientific facts.

One of the prosecutors, Philip Groenweghe, supposedly read the charges out loud when Johnson appeared in court, which included a description of Johnson ejaculating on the back of one of his sexual partners. As anyone with knowledge on HIV transmission knows, this kind of act is pretty much impossible to transmit the virus. 


 “Tiger Mandingo,” Who Once Faced 30 Years In Prison In HIV Case, Gets Parole

Michael Johnson, whose conviction for exposing others to HIV garnered international headlines and put US HIV laws under scrutiny, has been granted parole.

Michael Johnson, the collegiate wrestler also known as “Tiger Mandingo” who was originally sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for “recklessly” exposing others to HIV, has been granted parole, his lawyers told BuzzFeed News.

However, Johnson will remain incarcerated at Boonville Correctional Facility until Oct. 9, 2019 — almost six years after Johnson was arrested and put behind bars for “knowingly” exposing or transmitting HIV to six male partners.

Johnson, whose arrest made headlines as far away as Australia, is one of the most highly publicized targets of America’s controversial HIV laws, which make it a crime for people who have tested positive for HIV to have sex without first disclosing that they have the virus. BuzzFeed News has written extensively about Johnson’s arrest and trial over the last four years: He was originally sentenced to 30.5 years, but in 2016, a Missouri appeals court overturned the conviction, ruling that prosecuting attorney Philip Groenweghe had failed to disclose evidence in a timely fashion to Johnson’s attorneys. In 2017, Johnson agreed to a 10-year no contest “Alford” plea deal rather than face another trial.

Many prosecutors defend HIV laws as offering just punishment for behavior that can help transmit the virus. But AIDS advocates contend the laws are harsh and outdated, given the tremendous medical advances in HIV care. Many epidemiologists and AIDS advocates say the laws — which single out HIV — can actually fuel the epidemic by making people afraid to get tested and treated, and by fostering the dangerous belief that only the person who has tested positive for HIV is responsible for preventing transmission of the virus.

When Johnson was arrested in 2013, he was a star wrestler at Lindenwood University, where he was also one of the only black students. His trial, held in the nearly all-white town of St. Charles, Missouri, featured a highly-charged combination of race and sex. Prosecutors asked would-be jurors if being gay was a “choice,” and evidence presented to the court included graphic descriptions of Johnson’s “huge” penis — and even images of it.

Last month, Johnson appeared before the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, where his friend, Meredith Rowan, attended as his delegate in the hearing. The board did not immediately respond to an email or phone call for comment, but Rowan said Johnson called her from prison today to tell her that his parole had been granted — with a delay.

“Michael was excited that it got approved,” Rowan told BuzzFeed News. “I have to look at it that I have a date, and it’s only 18 months away, and it’s still a lot sooner than a 30-year sentence,” Rowan said Johnson told her. If released as planned, Johnson will have served 60% of his 10-year sentence. The date is contingent upon Johnson not accruing any violations.

Johnson’s lawyers, Eric Selig and Jessica Hathaway, confirmed the terms of Johnson’s parole. ”We had some hopes, because of all the support Michael had received and a couple of other factors, that he would get out at an earlier date,” Selig said.

Johnson will live with Rowan and her family in Indiana when he is released, Rowan said. He will be supervised by parole officers for the duration of his 10-year sentence, until 2023.

Laws that single out HIV are widespread in the US. At least “67 laws explicitly focused on persons living with HIV had been enacted in 33 states” by 2011, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and researchers from the US Department of Justice. In Missouri, where Johnson was convicted, people living with HIV can face life in prison for exposing others to HIV if they have sex without first disclosing that they have the virus.

Since Johnson’s arrest in 2013, the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, and others have criticized such laws as ineffective for combating AIDS. Researchers found “no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect,” according to a study published last year in the journal AIDS.

In recent years, there have been significant changes in HIV laws in some states. In California last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill reducing HIV exposure from a felony to a misdemeanor. And in North Carolina earlier this year, activists successfully lobbied to change that state’s HIV laws to take into account contemporary HIV science, reflecting, for example, that people who are properly medicated cannot transmit the virus.

Published in BuzzFeedNews on April 9, 2018

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Michael Johnson bypasses trial, enters no-contest plea and is sentenced to 10 years for not disclosing HIV status to male sexual partners

Original conviction overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct, but possibility of a nearly 100-year sentence under Missouri law led Johnson to accept plea deal

New York, NY, September 21, 2017 – Today, in conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and homophobia, Michael Johnson entered a plea in the St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri. Earlier this year, a state appeals court vacated his original conviction due to prosecutorial misconduct that, according to the court, made Johnson’s first trial “fundamentally unfair.”

However, because Missouri’s HIV criminal law hinges liability on whether or not the defendant can prove he disclosed his HIV status prior to sex – a virtual impossibility in most instances – Johnson decided to accept a plea deal that credits him with time served. Under Missouri’s law, one of the harshest in the country, Johnson could have faced up to 96 years in prison if found guilty.

“It is disturbing that Michael is not yet a free man and was not exonerated after his years-long struggle for justice, but we respect and support his decision not to risk a life behind bars,” said Mayo Schreiber, Deputy Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP). “It likely is the end of his case, but our work to bring an end to HIV criminal laws like Missouri’s continues.”

Johnson, who was 21-years-old at the beginning of this case, entered a no-contest plea to charges that he had sex with partners without first advising them of his HIV status. In exchange, he has accepted a sentence of 10 years in state prison, which will include time already served since his arrest nearly four years ago. He previously had been sentenced to 30 years in prison before the appeals court threw out the original conviction.

Prior to his arrest in 2013, Johnson was a promising young college student and star athlete. His prosecution has drawn condemnation from state and national organizations and individuals uniformly outraged by his conviction and opposed to these fundamentally unfair laws being used to prosecute people living with HIV and, disproportionately, like all other criminal laws in the United States, people of color.

“Johnson’s conviction has shattered a talented young man’s life,” says Charles Stephens, Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project. “The sentence imposes punishment that is grossly out of proportion to the alleged harm.”

“These laws create a separate standard for PLHIV while actually placing their partners at risk,” said Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, Executive Director of the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest clinics for young people living with HIV. “In intimate relationships, lots of HIV transmissions occur among people who do not even know they are living with HIV. Relying on what you think you know about a partner, or what they know or tell you, is a pretty sure way to eventually get some kind of STI, whether HIV, herpes or HPV.”

Rose Farnan of the Greater Kansas City Chapter Association of Nurses in AIDS Care notes “The law treats HIV as a death sentence rather than the treatable, manageable disease it has been for years. Unlike people diagnosed with cancer caused by the HPV virus, people living with HIV have a life expectancy approaching that of HIV negative people.”

“The law does not even require an intent to harm someone, unlike other felonies in Missouri,” according to Anthony Rothert, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation. “There was no evidence at trial that Johnson intended or even thought of harming someone.”

  1. Rashaan Gilmore, Program Director of Blaqout, Kansas City, says “these laws have no effect on HIV diagnosis rates; they foster neither safer sex practices nor shared responsibility for sexual health.  Black Missourians continue to bear a disproportionate burden of HIV.”

The laws do, however, increase HIV stigma. Ashley Quinn, staffing the MO HIV Justice Coalition, a project of Empower Missouri, notes “these laws promote negative characterizations of people living with HIV (PLHIV), by assigning fault and branding PLHIV as criminals, and exposing PLHIV to isolation and discrimination. As a result, these laws work at cross-purposes with efforts by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services to stem the spread of HIV.”

Missouri’s criminal HIV exposure law, and similar laws in other states, are opposed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Association of Nurses In AIDS Care, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and HIV Medicine Association, among many other organizations.

The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a national legal resource and strategy hub for HIV advocacy. CHLP hosts the only online resource bank focused on HIV law and policy in the United States, and supports the lawyers, legal services providers, and community advocates on whom people who experience HIV discrimination rely.

Published on September 21, 2017 in the Center for HIV Law and Policy website

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Missouri Supreme Court Denies State’s Application for Transfer

Reversal of Michael Johnson Conviction Upheld

New York, NY, April 4, 2017 – The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), a national legal resource and advocacy center, announced today the Missouri Supreme Court denied the State’s application for transfer in Michael Johnson’s case. This upholds the December 20, 2016, decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals reversing his conviction and remanding the case for a new trial.

In its December 20 decision, the Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court based on the state’s failure to comply with Johnson’s discovery request, in violation of Rule 25.03, resulting in the untimely introduction of evidence that prevented Johnson from preparing a meaningful defense in the case. In the words of the Court, “the State’s violation of Rule 25.03 was knowing and intentional and was part of a trial-by-ambush strategy that this Court does not condone and that Rule 25.03 was specifically designed to avoid.”

Johnson’s new trial counsel, Eric Selig of Rosenblum Fry P.C., who will represent Johnson, stated that he “is looking forward to fighting for Michael to achieve justice in this case.”

CHLP’s Deputy Director Mayo Schreiber said, “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals’ reversal has been upheld and are hopeful the St. Charles County Prosecutor will not pursue the case against Michael, given the Court’s finding that the State’s actions were ‘in bad faith’ and ‘inexcusable,’ and that Michael has already served three years imprisonment for the alleged activity.”

Michael Johnson, a young, gay Black man living with HIV, was sentenced to 30 years under Missouri’s antiquated HIV felony law. Members of the medical and legal community have joined HIV activists in expressing outrage at the 30-year sentence imposed on this college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status.

In the appeal of his conviction before the Court of Appeals, CHLP and the law firm Gibbons, P.C. filed an amicus brief that addressed the “cruel and unusual punishment” of Johnson’s sentence and also argued that Missouri’s criminal HIV law violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and Constitutional protections against irrational treatment of disabilities such as HIV. Twenty-one national and state HIV, social justice and LGBT organizations joined this brief, which can be found here. Avram Frey and Lawrence Lustberg of Gibbons, P.C., and Mayo Schreiber and Catherine Hanssens of CHLP drafted the brief. Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Missouri Foundation, was local counsel for the amicus curiae organizations.

To read the Missouri Court of Appeals decision, State of Missouri v. Michael L. Johnson, Mo. Ct. of Appeals, E.D., No. ED 103217 (Dec. 20, 2016), click here.

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The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a national resource and advocacy organization working to advance the rights of people affected by HIV. We combine an online HIV Policy Resource Bank, a creative national advocacy agenda and case assistance focused on systems and institutions with significant impact on marginalized communities.

Published on March 7, 2017 on The Center for HIV Law and Policy website

Uganda: 32-year-old woman sentenced to two years in jail for allegedly injecting a baby with HIV

Uganda: Woman Gets Two–Year Jail Term for Injecting Baby With HIV Blood
July 9, 2019

Kitgum — Court in Kitgum District has sentenced a 32-year-old woman to two years in jail for injecting a baby with blood infected with HIV/Aids.

The chief magistrate, Mr Hussein Nasulu Ntalo, on Friday heard that Sylvia Kamuhangi injected a six-month-old baby with the blood in December last year with the help of her co-accused, Ms Grace Aneno, who was later acquitted.

Mr Ntalo said he had gathered enough evidence from seven witnesses, including the doctor who examined the child and tested Kamuhangi.

“The baby sitter, the crime officers who visited the scene and many others, all testified against Kamuhangi. Also, DNA blood samples taken from her at the government analytical lab in Kampala and the blood-stained clothes all indicated she was the actual offender,” he said.

Mr Ntalo said Kamuhangi’s case called for public outcry and she should be separated from the community. He ordered the immediate transfer of the convict to Luzira.

Prosecution states that on December 26 last year at about 9pm, Ms Eunice Lakot, the victim’s mother, had left the child with a baby-sitter before Kamuhangi carried him away to the bedroom as Ms Aneno watched.

Kamuhangi later returned the baby crying. When Ms Lakot examined her baby after the duo had left, she found he had small swelling in both armpits.

She took the baby to Kitgum hospital where the doctors confirmed the swellings were as a result of an injection. The child was put on PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis), an antiretroviral medication that prevents infection after being exposed to HIV.

Ms Lakot reported the matter to Mr Ronald Okot, the village chairperson of Gangdyang Cell, before she recorded a statement at Kitgum Central Police Station.

The duo was arrested the following day.

Ms Lakot expressed her disappointment at the judgment, saying Kamuhangi should have been sentenced to more years considering that the nature of the crime was a capital offence.

However, she said she respects the ruling given the fact that her child was not infected.

Other cases

In 2014, a 64-year-old nurse in Kampala was accused of injecting a toddler with her HIV- infected blood in the process of administering treatment. Last year, a 42-year-old man in Luweero District was sentenced to 60 years in prison for defiling and infecting his three grandchildren with HIV/Aids.

 
 
 

[Update]Russia: Man convicted of alleged “wilful HIV transmission” on federal wanted list

Областной суд оставил в силе приговор по делу об умышленном заражении ВИЧ
July 8, 2019

Source: Сибирь.Реалии July 8, 2019

Google translation, for article in Russian please scroll down.

Suspected of intentional HIV infection from Irkutsk escaped

A resident of Irkutsk, suspected of deliberately infecting a girl with HIV, escaped. He was put on the federal wanted list, lawyer of the victim Svyatoslav Khromenkov told the Siberia. Realia publication.“The fact is that earlier the court of appeal established formal procedural violations, because of which the sentence was canceled and the case was sent to the prosecutor. and the investigation, and then in the second round – to the court of first instance for conviction. But, today the head of the inquiry department said that our villain had run away and was put on the federal wanted list, ”Khromenkov told the Siberia.

  • In late December, the court of the Irkutsk region at the meeting of the appellate court 
    overturned on the claim of the defendant verdict Municipal Court residents of Irkutsk, deliberately exposed to HIV the girl. According to the representative of the victim, the violation in the work of the investigators arose at the moment when the decision to terminate the criminal case canceled the “unauthorized person”. “Yes, this is a formality, but it needs to be eliminated, to re-conduct all court hearings. This will not affect the conviction of the offender – on the contrary, we will take advantage of the opportunity and demand tougher punishment,” the lawyer said.
  • In late October, the city court found the accused guilty of intentional HIV infection and appointed 2.5 years in a penal colony. The injured Irkutsyanka woman and her lawyer managed to achieve a criminal case only a few months after the submission of the first application to the law enforcement agencies. At the same time, the girl had to look for some evidence on her own: for example, to prove close acquaintance and serious relationship with the accused, she restored on her phone joint photos that the man had previously deleted.
  • The accused changed his testimony twice: first he stated that he was not familiar with the victim, then he did not come into close contact with her. However, doctors conducted a rare genetic analysis of sequencing and 99.5% confirmed that the defendant infected the victim. Another medical study confirmed that the depth of the term of infection in the victim coincides with the time when she lived with the defendant

Подозреваемый в умышленном заражении ВИЧ из Иркутска сбежал

Житель Иркутска, подозреваемый в умышленном заражении девушки ВИЧ-инфекцией, сбежал. Его объявили в федеральный розыск, сообщил изданию “Сибирь.Реалии” юрист пострадавшей Святослав Хроменков.

“Дело в том, что ранее суд апелляционной инстанции установил формальные процессуальные нарушения, из-за чего приговор отменили и дело отправили прокурору. Прокурор вышел в суд с ходатайством о возобновлении дела, суд первой инстанции его возобновил, после дело должно было уйти опять в дознания и следствие, а потом по второму кругу – в суд первой инстанции для осуждения. Но, сегодня начальник отдела дознания сказала, что наш злодей сбежал и объявлен в федеральный розыск”, – сообщил Хроменков изданию “Сибирь.Реалии”.
 
  • В конце декабря суд Иркутской области на заседании апелляционной инстанции ​отменил по иску подсудимого приговор городского суда жителю Иркутска, умышленно заразившему ВИЧ-инфекцией свою девушку. По словам представителя пострадавшей, нарушение в работе следователей возникло в тот момент, когда постановление о прекращении уголовного дела отменило “не уполномоченное на это лицо”. “Да, это формальность, однако её надо устранить, заново провести все судебные заседания. На признании преступника виновным это никак не скажется – напротив, мы воспользуемся случаем и потребуем более жесткого наказания”, – объявил юрист пострадавшей.
     
  • В конце октября городской суд признал обвиняемого виновным в умышленном заражении ВИЧ-инфекцией и назначил 2,5 года колонии-поселения. Добиться возбуждения уголовного дела пострадавшей иркутянке и ее адвокату удалось только спустя несколько месяцев после подачи первого заявления в правоохранительные органы. При этом некоторые улики девушке пришлось искать самостоятельно: к примеру, для доказательства близкого знакомства и серьезных отношений с обвиняемым она восстановила на своем телефоне совместные фотографии, которые ранее мужчина удалил.
  • Обвиняемый дважды менял показания: сначала заявил, что не знаком с потерпевшей, потом – что не вступал с ней в близость. Однако медики провели редкий генетический анализ секвенирования и на 99,5% подтвердили, что подсудимый заразил потерпевшую. Другое медицинское исследование подтвердило, что глубина срока заражения у пострадавшей совпадает с тем временем, когда она жила с подсудимым.

 

Source: IRK.ru, March 26, 2019

Google translation, for article in Russian please scroll down.

Regional Court upheld the verdict in the case of intentional HIV infection

On March 26, the Irkutsk Regional Court upheld the sentence of a man convicted of intentional HIV infection, the press service of the Irkutsk Regional AIDS Center reported. The judge rejected the petition Irkutsk.

On October 24, the Oktyabrsky District Court found a resident of Irkutsk guilty of intentionally acquiring HIV. The man was sentenced to 2.5 years in a settlement colony. The prosecutor asked for him 3 years in prison.

In February 2016, a man infected with HIV entered into a relationship with an Irkutsk woman, without informing her of the disease and without using any means of protection. As a result, the girl was infected and went to the police. Details about this story IRK.ru told in the article “I live with HIV. First story: the struggle for justice . On the court session after the completion of the trial, read the article “Trust the guy. A girl in court proves the intentional infection of HIV . 

Областной суд оставил в силе приговор по делу об умышленном заражении ВИЧ

26 марта Иркутский областной суд оставил в силе приговор мужчине, осужденному за умышленное заражение ВИЧ, сообщает пресс-служба Иркутского областного Центра СПИД. Судья отклонил ходатайство иркутянина.

24 октября Октябрьский районный суд признал жителя Иркутска виновным в умышленном заражении ВИЧ. Мужчину приговорили к 2,5 годам колонии-поселения. Прокурор просил для него 3 года лишения свободы.

В феврале 2016 года мужчина, зараженный ВИЧ, вступил в отношения с иркутянкой, не сообщив ей о заболевании и не используя при этом средства защиты. В результате девушка была заражена и обратилась в полицию. Подробно об этой истории IRK.ru рассказывал в статье «Я живу с ВИЧ. История первая: борьба за справедливость». О заседании суда после завершения судебного следствия читайте материал «Доверилась парню. Девушка в суде доказывает умышленное заражение ВИЧ».


December 27, 2018

In Irkutsk, a court overturned a sentence to a criminal who deliberately infected his girlfriend with HIV (Google translation, for article in Russian please scroll below). 

Today, the court of the Irkutsk region overturned the sentence of the Irkutsk city court, who deliberately infected his girlfriend with HIV. 

The victim’s lawyer Svyatoslav Khromenkov informed the reporter of SibReal about this.

In Irkutsk, today, December 26, a meeting of the appeal court was held in the Irkutsk Region Court on the suit of the defendant. In late October, the city court found him guilty of deliberate HIV infection and sentenced him to 2.5 years in a penal colony. At today’s meeting, the judge overturned this decision, drawing attention to a violation in the work of the investigators. “The criminal case was at some point terminated by the investigator, then this decision to terminate the criminal case was canceled – but it turned out that it was not authorized ” Khromenkov explained to the editorial board of SibReal. – Yes, this is a formality however, it must be eliminated, all court sessions should be resubmitted. This will not affect the conviction of the offender – on the contrary, we will use the opportunity and demand tougher punishment. Such is the practice of the European court and our civil lawyers D prophylaxis of HIV infection, at the March meeting of the UN, they expressed a similar position – in their opinion, people deliberately infecting with such a serious disease should be judged by Article 111 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – for causing grievous bodily harm. There the term will be up to 8 years. And our society also speaks out for a more severe punishment for such criminals. 2.5 years in the colony of the settlement is, of course, too soft a punishment – after all, the girl’s health has been seriously harmed. ”

The human rights activist, on behalf of the victim, intends to file an application for the recovery of non-pecuniary damage to investigators who have made a mistake. “It turns out that this is already the second significant violation in the case on their part. We first discovered the second – the judge. It seems to me that this clearly indicates how poorly the investigation was conducted,” Khromenkov said.

The injured Irkutsyanka woman and her lawyer managed to reach a criminal case only a few months after the submission of the first application to the law enforcement agencies. At the same time, the girl had to look for some evidence on her own: for example, to prove close acquaintance and serious relationship with the accused, she restored on her phone joint photos that the man had previously deleted.

The accused changed his testimony twice: first he stated that he was not familiar with the victim, then he did not come into the vicinity with her. According to the lawyer, such cases are difficult due to difficulties in collecting evidence. However, in this case, the doctors conducted a rare genetic analysis of sequencing and 99.5% confirmed that the defendant had infected the victim. “Another medical study confirmed that the depth of the infection period in the victim coincides with the time when she lived with the defendant,” Khromenkov told SibReal.

In March, the Oktyabrsky District Court returned the case on the intentional contamination of Irkutsk women for further investigation because the investigator incorrectly numbered the pages of the indictment and did not sign the document.

Source: https://www.sibreal.org

В Иркутске суд отменил приговор преступнику, умышленно заразившему ВИЧ-инфекцией свою девушку

Сегодня суд Иркутской области отменил приговор городского суда иркутянину, умышленно заразившему ВИЧ-инфекцией свою девушку. Об этом корреспонденту “Сибирь.Реалий” сообщил юрист пострадавшей Святослав Хроменков.

В Иркутске сегодня, 26 декабря, состоялось заседание апелляционной инстанции в суде Иркутской области по иску подсудимого. В конце октября городской суд признал его виновным в умышленном заражении ВИЧ-инфекцией и назначил 2,5 года колонии-поселения. На сегодняшнем заседании судья отменила это решение, обратив внимание на нарушение в работе следователей. “Уголовное дело в какой-то момент было прекращено дознавателем, потом это постановление о прекращении уголовного дела было отменено – но отменило его, как оказалось, не уполномоченное на это лицо, – объяснил редакции “Сибирь.Реалий” Хроменков. – Да, это формальность, однако ее надо устранить, заново провести все судебные заседания. На признании преступника виновным это никак не скажется – напротив, мы воспользуемся случаем и потребуем более жесткого наказания. Такова и практика европейского суда, и наши гражданские юристы, работающие в сфере профилактики заражения ВИЧ-инфекцией, на мартовском заседании ООН высказали аналогичную позицию – по их мнению, людей, умышленно заражающих таким тяжелым заболеванием, надо судить по 111-й статье УК РФ – за причинение тяжкого вреда здоровью. Там срок будет уже до 8 лет. И общество наше тоже высказывается за более строгое наказание для таких преступников. 2,5 года в колонии поселения – это, безусловно, слишком мягкое наказание – ведь здоровью девушки был причинен тяжкий вред”.
 

Правозащитник от имени пострадавшей намерен подать заявление о взыскании морального вреда на следователей, допустивших ошибку. “Получается, это уже второе существенное нарушение в деле с их стороны. Первое обнаружили мы, второе – судья. Мне кажется, это уже достаточно ясно говорит о том, насколько некачественно велось следствие”, – сообщил Хроменков.

Добиться возбуждения уголовного дела пострадавшей иркутянке и ее адвокату удалось только спустя несколько месяцев после подачи первого заявления в правоохранительные органы. При этом некоторые улики девушке пришлось искать самостоятельно: к примеру, для доказательства близкого знакомства и серьезных отношений с обвиняемым она восстановила на своем телефоне совместные фотографии, которые ранее мужчина удалил.

Обвиняемый дважды менял показания: сначала заявил, что не знаком с потерпевшей, потом – что не вступал с ней в близость. По словам юриста, подобные дела сложны из-за трудностей со сбором доказательной базы. Однако в этом случае медики провели редкий генетический анализ секвенирования и на 99,5% подтвердили, что подсудимый заразил потерпевшую. “Другое медицинское исследование подтвердило, что глубина срока заражения у пострадавшей совпадает с тем временем, когда она жила с подсудимым”, – сообщил корреспонденту “Сибирь.Реалий” Хроменков.

В марте суд Октябрьского района возвращал дело об умышленном заражении иркутянки на доследование из-за того, что дознаватель неверно пронумеровал страницы обвинительного заключения и не подписал документ.


October 25, 2018

Guilty of HIV transmission: a resident of Irkutsk was given almost three years in a penal colony (Google translation, for article in Russian please scroll below). 

Today was the final court hearing

Today, October 24, a resident of Irkutsk was sentenced. The man entered into a sexual relationship with his beloved, without warning her that he was infected with HIV . The offender was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in a colony – settlement.

“Komsomolskaya Pravda” actively covered this story

Background: 35-year-old Ella Mironova (name and surname changed) met a beautiful man in 2016 and passionately fell in love with him. The young people git together. A month later, the girl suddenly fell ill with fever, malaise. She was taken to the infectious diseases hospital. Doctors said it was not the flu, but meningitis and the human immunodeficiency virus. Ella was in shock, because a year before that she had undergone a full examination, and nothing like this had been identified. Then she realized that she been “rewarded” by her beloved with the illness. After making inquiries. It turned out that the man had been registered with the AIDS Center since 1999. The girl tried to contact him, but he denied it. There was no way out, so she decided to go to court.

Lawyers called this case a precedent , and not only in Irkutsk, but throughout Russia . But Ella was lucky, the doctors and experts who worked in this case are 99.5% sure that it was this man who infected Ella.

Sentencing was postponed more than once, but today the offender heard his sentence. It should be noted that it was this Irkutsk woman who for the first time in Russia brought the case of HIV infection to court.

Published in News24 on October 25, 2018

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Виновен в заражении ВИЧ: жителю Иркутска дали почти три года колонии-поселения

Сегодня состоялось финальное заседание суда

Сегодня, 24 октября вынесли приговор жителю Иркутска. Мужчина вступил в половую связь с возлюбленной, не предупредив, что заражен ВИЧ – инфекцией. Преступника приговорили к 2 годам и 6 месяцам пребывания в колонии – поселения.

«Комсомолка» активно освещала эту историю.

Напомним, 35-летняя Элла Миронова (имя и фамилия изменены) еще в 2016 году познакомилась с красивым мужчиной и страстно влюбилась в него. Молодые люди съехались. Через месяц девушка внезапно заболела: высокая температура, недомогания. Ее привезли в инфекционную больницу. Врачи сказали, что это не грипп , а менингит и вирус иммунодефицита человека. Элла была в шоке, ведь за год до этого проходила полное обследование, и ничего подобного выявлено не было. Тут она и поняла, что «наградил» ее болезнью возлюбленный. Пришлось навести справки. Оказалось, что мужчина состоит на учете в СПИД-центре аж с 1999 года. Девушка попыталась связаться с ним, но он как в воду канул. Выхода не было, решила обратиться в суд.

Юристы назвали это дело прецедентом, причем не только в Иркутске, а по всей России. Но Элле повезло, медики и эксперты, которые работали по данному делу, на 99,5 % уверены, что именно этот мужчина и заразил Эллу.

Вынесение приговора откладывалось не единожды, но сегодня преступник услышал свой срок. Отметим, что именно эта иркутянка впервые в Росии довела дело о заражении ВИЧ до суда.


September 25, 2018

Judicial investigation in Irkutsk on a case of willful HIV infection (google translation, for original article in Russian, please scroll down).

The Oktyabrsky District Court of Irkutsk completed its investigation into a case of deliberate transmission of HIV to a girl. The materials of the criminal case have been investigated, the witnesses have been questioned.

At a meeting on September 25, they announced the protocol of confrontation held in October 2016. This was petitioned by the defender of the plaintiff in connection with the contradictions in the defendant’s testimonies. At the request of the lawyer, letters of appreciation and other documents characterizing the identity of the plaintiff were attached to the case.

The prosecutor asked clarifying questions to both sides. They differed in their testimony around the site on which they met and for what purpose. The accused completely does not admit guilt and denies that he had sex with a girl. The criminal case was initiated in accordance with part 2 of Article 122 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Infection with HIV”. A man faces up to 5 years imprisonment.

On the eve of this case, the public prosecutor was replaced. In the next meeting will be the debate of the parties. The meeting was scheduled for September 27, but the state prosecutor asked more time to get acquainted with the case materials and prepare for the debate. The trial is scheduled for October 2.

Published in IRK.ru on September 25, 2018

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В Иркутске завершено судебное следствие по делу об умышленном заражении ВИЧ-инфекцией

Октябрьский районный суд Иркутска завершил судебное следствие по делу об умышленном заражении девушки ВИЧ-инфекцией. Материалы уголовного дела исследованы, свидетели допрошены.

На заседании 25 сентября огласили протокол очной ставки, проведенной в октябре 2016 года. Об этом ходатайствовал защитник истицы в связи с возникшими противоречиями в показаниях ответчика. По просьбе адвоката к делу были приобщены благодарственные письма и другие документы, характеризующие личность истицы.

Гособвинитель задавала уточняющие вопросы обеим сторонам. Они разошлись в показаниях о том, на каком сайте познакомились и с какой целью. Обвиняемый полностью не признает вину и отрицает, что у него был секс с девушкой. Уголовное дело возбуждено по части 2 статьи 122 УК РФ «Заражение ВИЧ-инфекцией». Мужчине грозит лишение свободы до 5 лет.

Накануне по данному делу заменили государственного обвинителя. В следующем заседании пройдут прения сторон. Заседание было запланировано на 27 сентября, но гособвинитель попросила больше времени, чтобы ознакомиться с материалами дела и подготовиться к прениям. Судебное назначено на 2 октября.

 

[Update]Russia: Trial of man accused of alleged ‘deliberate HIV infection’ postponed until August

Мужчина, заразивший женщину ВИЧ в Карелии, не явился в суд
July 5, 2019

Source Yandex News, July 4, 2019 – Google translation. For Russian article, scroll down

A man who infected a woman with HIV in Karelia did not appear in court 

The trial was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 2. However, the defendant did not appear at the hearing. This was told in the press service of the Lahdenpohsky district court.

The criminal case was filed to the Lahdenpohsky District Court on June 13, 2019. An HIV-infected local resident is accused of deliberately infecting his partner. According to investigators, the man had long known about his illness.

The trial was scheduled to take place on July 2, but “due to the failure of the defendant to be delivered”, the case was postponed until the beginning of the next month – August 7. The criminal case is considered by the judge Elena Suschevskaya. All process information is hidden.

Мужчина, заразивший женщину ВИЧ в Карелии, не явился в суд

Судебное заседание должны было состоятся во вторник, 2 июля. Однако подсудимый не явился на разбирательство. Об этом рассказали в пресс-службе Лахденпохского районного суда.

Уголовное дело в Лахденпохский районный суд поступило 13 июня 2019 года. ВИЧ-инфицированного местного жителя обвиняют в преднамеренном заражении своего партнера. По версии следствия, мужчина давно знал о своей болезни.

Судебное заседание должно было состоятся 2 июля, но «по причине недоставления подсудимого» дело было перенесено на начало следующего месяца – 7 августа. Уголовное дело рассматривает судья Елена Сущевская. Вся информация по процессу скрыта. 


A resident of Karelia will be judged for deliberate HIV infection

The criminal case will be considered in the Lahdenpohja district court.

Information about the trial appeared in the group “VKontakte” “Lahdenpohya-FOREVER”. 

It is reported that the district court will begin to consider the criminal case on Tuesday.

Accused incriminate Part 2 of Art. 112 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – “Infection of another person with HIV infection by a person who knew that he had the disease.” The maximum sanction of the article provides for up to five years in prison. 

Information on the process is hidden. The case is considered by the judge Elena Suschevskaya.


Жителя Карелии будут судить за сознательное заражение ВИЧ

 

Рассмотрение уголовное дела пройдет в Лахденпохском районном суде.

Информация о судебном процессе появилась в группе “ВКонтакте” “ЛахденпохьЯ–НАВСЕГДА”. 

Собщается, что районный суд начнет рассматривать уголовное дело во вторник.

Обвиняемому инкриминируют  ч. 2 ст. 112 УК РФ – “Заражение другого лица ВИЧ-инфекцией лицом, знавшим о наличии у него этой болезни”.  Максимальная санкция статьи предусматривает до пяти лет лишения свободы.

Информация по процессу скрыта. Дело рассматривает судья Елена Сущевская.

Russia: Sochi resident reports woman to the police for alleged HIV non-disclosure

Сочинец заявил в полицию на женщину, скрывшую от него, что болеет ВИЧ
July 5, 2019

Source KP.RU, July 5, 2019 – Google translation, scroll down for Russian article

Sochi resident reported a woman who hid from him that she was ill with HIV to the police.
Law enforcers are investigating.

The incident happened in a private house in Sochi. A local resident, Evgeny P., invited a 34-year-old woman. The couple wanted to spend the evening together. But in the end, the meeting ended with a statement to the police.

– A resident of Sochi turned to the duty unit, who said he was a 34-year-old native of Chelyabinsk. According to him, she did not warn him that she had a positive HIV status, a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda, Kuban.

Officers already carry out an inspection following the report.

By law, the carrier of the infection is obliged to warn his partner that he is the carrier of the virus. Criminal liability threatens to conceal this information, and serious – you can be up to five years behind bars.


 

Сочинец заявил в полицию на женщину, скрывшую от него, что болеет ВИЧ

Правоохранители проводят проверку

Инцидент случился в одном из частных домов Сочи. Местный житель Евгений П. пригласил к себе 34-летнюю женщину. Пара хотела провести вместе вечер. Но в итоге свидание закончилось заявлением в полицию.

– В дежурную часть обратился житель Сочи, который заявил на 34-летнюю уроженку Челябинска. По его словам она не предупредила его о том, что имеет положительный ВИЧ-статус, – сообщил «Комсомольской правде» – Кубань» источник в правоохранительных органах.

Правоохранители уже проводят проверку по поступившему сообщению.

По закону носитель инфекции обязан предупредить своего партнера о том, что он – носитель вируса. За сокрытие этой информации грозит уголовная ответственность, причем серьезное – за решеткой можно оказаться до пяти лет.

ИСТОЧНИК KP.RU

[Update]France: Man appeals against his 7 years sentence for alleged deliberate HIV transmission

Calvados. VIH devant la cour d’assises
July 3, 2019

Source: Ouest France, July 3, 2019

A man, aged 37, is appealing against his 7 years prisons sentence. Living with HIV, he was tried on 20 and 21st June for deliberate transmission to one of his ex-partners.

Un homme âgé de 37 ans a également fait appel de sa condamnation à 7 ans de prison. Séropositif, il a été jugé les 20 et 21 juin pour avoir transmis volontairement le VIH à l’une de ses ex-compagnes


 

Source: Ouest France, June 22, 2019 – Google translation, for original in French please scroll down.

Normandy. Seven years in jail for knowingly passing HIV to his ex

A 37-year-old man was sentenced by the Calvados Assize Court to seven years in prison on Friday, June 21, 2019. He was found guilty of knowingly transmitting HIV to his ex-partner in June 2012. in Bayeux.

This is a rare case that was tried for two days by the assize court of Calvados, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June. On Friday night, a 37-year-old Congolese was sentenced to seven years in prison. The court found him guilty of knowingly passing on HIV to his ex-partner, whom he met in June 2012.

Shortly after meeting, they agreed and have unprotected sex. A few weeks later, the young woman fell ill. His companion then explains to her that he himself had just learned that one of his ex was HIV-positive. Two years later, she discovered old letters in which the contamination of the accused was already mentioned. “It had been ten years since he knew. The accused assured that if he knew he was HIV-positive, he did not think he was contagious. He has ten days to appeal.


Normandie. Sept ans de prison pour avoir transmis sciemment le VIH à son ex

Un homme de 37 ans a été condamné par la cour d’assises du Calvados à sept ans de prison, ce vendredi 21 juin 2019. Il a été reconnu coupable d’avoir transmis sciemment le VIH à son ex-compagne, en juin 2012, à Bayeux.

C’est un dossier rare qui a été jugé pendant deux jours par la cour d’assises du Calvados, jeudi 21 et vendredi 22 juin. Ce vendredi soir, un Congolais de 37 ans a été condamné à sept ans de prison. La cour l’a reconnu coupable d’avoir sciemment transmis le VIH à son ex-compagne, rencontrée en juin 2012.

Peu de temps après leur rencontre, ils tombent d’accord et ont une relation sexuelle non protégée. Quelques semaines plus tard, la jeune femme est souffrante. Son compagnon lui explique alors qu’il vient lui-même d’apprendre que l’une de ses ex est porteuse du VIH. Deux ans plus tard, elle découvre de vieux courriers dans lesquels la contamination de l’accusé est déjà évoquée. « Ça faisait dix ans qu’il savait. » L’accusé a assuré que s’il savait en effet être porteur du VIH, il ne pensait pas être contagieux. Il a dix jours pour faire appel.

 


 

Source Ouest-France on 20/06/2019 – Google translation, for French article scroll down

Criminal Court of Calvados. Has he voluntarily transmitted HIV to his ex? The trial begins in Caen

A 37-year-old man is on trial since Thursday, June 20, 2019 in front of the Assize Court of Calvados for administration of harmful substance, followed by permanent disability. The court will have to decide: has he voluntarily transmitted HIV to his ex-companion? The debates will last two days. The verdict is expected Friday, June 21.

After a little delay, to replace a juror, the trial of a man, a 37-year-old Congolese accused of voluntarily transmitting HIV to his ex-companion, met in 2012, has just started before the court of Calvados.

The latter will have to determine if the man is guilty of the “administration of harmful substance, followed by permanent infirmity by a person being or having been a spouse, concubine or partner related to the victim by a civil pact of solidarity”. He denies the facts.

He risks 15 years of criminal imprisonment

Childhood in Congo, arrived in Germany at the age of 16 to play football, came to France, relationships with his former spouses and children, discovery of his HIV status in 2006 while in prison, meeting with the accusator … This Thursday, June 20, 2019, it is the personality of the accused who is first examined by judges and jurors.

The man, whose criminal record includes several mentions, appears free before the assizes. He risks 15 years of criminal imprisonment. The verdict is expected Friday, June 21, 2019.

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Assises du Calvados. A-t-il transmis volontairement le VIH à son ex ? Le procès débute à Caen

Un homme de 37 ans est jugé depuis ce jeudi 20 juin 2019 par la cour d’assises du Calvados pour administration de substance nuisible, suivie d’infirmité permanente. La cour va devoir trancher : a-t-il transmis volontairement le VIH à son ex-compagne ? Les débats doivent durer deux jours. Le verdict est attendu vendredi 21 juin.

Après un petit retard, le temps de remplacer un juré, le procès d’un homme, un Congolais de 37 ans accusé d’avoir transmis volontairement le VIH à son ex-compagne, rencontrée en 2012, vient de débuter devant la cour d’assises du Calvados.

Cette dernière devra déterminer si l’homme est coupable d’« administration de substance nuisible, suivie d’infirmité permanente par une personne étant ou ayant été conjoint, concubin ou partenaire lié à la victime par un pacte civil de solidarité ». Lui nie les faits.

l encourt 15 ans de réclusion criminelle

Enfance au Congo, arrivée en Allemagne à l’âge de 16 ans pour jouer au foot, venue en France, relations avec ses anciennes conjointes et ses enfants, découverte de sa séropositivité en 2006 alors qu’il est en détention, rencontre avec l’accusatrice… Ce jeudi 20 juin 2019, c’est la personnalité de l’accusé qui est d’abord examinée par les juges et les jurés.

L’homme, dont le casier judiciaire comporte plusieurs mentions, comparaît libre devant les assises. Il encourt 15 ans de réclusion criminelle. Le verdict est attendu vendredi 21 juin 2019.


 

Source: Ouest France, May 31, 2019

Calvados. HIV in court

A man will appear in court in Caen on the 20th June, accused of deliberate HIV transmission to his ex-partner. 

Calvados. VIH devant la cour d’assises

Le 20 Juin, un homme apparaitra devant la Cour d’assises de Caen, accusé d’avoir transmis volontairement le VIH à son ex-compagne.

Russia: Criminal case initiated in Samara region against man for allegedly transmitting HIV to his ex-wife

Resident of Chapayevsk faces criminal responsibility for the infection of a woman with HIV
July 1, 2019

Source Volga news – June 26, 2019 Google translation. Scroll down for article in Russian

Resident of Chapayevsk faces criminal responsibility for the infection of a woman with HIV

In Chapayevsk, a criminal case was initiated about the infection of a local woman living with HIV. It is reported by the press service of the prosecutor’s office of the Samara region.

In June 2019, the woman appealed to the city prosecutor’s office. According to the applicant, her ex-husband infected her with HIV infection.

As the prosecutor’s office found out, in 2014 a woman lived with a man, whom she later married. In 2019, her condition worsened dramatically, and during a medical examination she learned about HIV. It turned out that the former husband was registered with a HIV-infection since 2013. He knew that he was sick, but he neglected to take precautions and did not inform the woman about the disease.

On June 25, the police opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Art. 122 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“HIV infection by a person who knew that he/she had the disease”).


 

Жителю Чапаевска грозит уголовная ответственность за заражение женщины ВИЧ

В июне 2019 г. женщина обратилась в городскую прокуратуру. По словам заявительницу, бывший муж заразил ее ВИЧ­-инфекцией.

Как выяснила прокуратура, с 2014 г. женщина жила с мужчиной, за которого потом вышла замуж. В 2019 г. ее состояние резко ухудшилось, а во время медицинского обследования она узнала о ВИЧ. Оказалось, что бывший супруг с 2013 г. стоял на учете с диагнозом ВИЧ-инфекция. Он знал, что болен, но пренебрегал мерами предосторожности и не сообщил женщине о заболевании.

25 июня полиция возбудила уголовное дело по ч.2 ст. 122 УК РФ (“Заражение ВИЧ-инфекцией лицом, знавшим о наличии у него этой болезни”).

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