[Update]US: Florida court judges man living with HIV to be a “danger to public” for alleged HIV non-disclosure

April 11, 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.