[Update] US: Maryland man sentenced to 30 years, with all but 9 years suspended, for ‘knowingly attempting to transfer HIV’

December 20, 2019

Published in CBS Baltimore on December 20, 2019

R.S. Sentenced To 30 Years In Knowingly Transmitting HIV To 3 Women

FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — R.S, a 37-year-old Frederick man, was sentenced to 30 years, with all but 9 years suspended, for assault and knowingly transmitting HIV to three women.

The sentencing came down Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court by Judge Julia A. Martz-Fisher.

After the sentence, R.S. will be on five years probation.

S entered an Alford plea to three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of knowingly attempting to transfer HIV on Sept. 13, 2019.

An Alford plea is a type of guilty plea, where the defendant doesn’t formally admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict them.

Frederick Police began the investigation into S in the Summer of 2017 when women reported that they believe he infected them with HIV. During the investigation police learned, R.S. knew he was HIV positive but continued to have unprotected sex with women.

“While HIV is not what it was 15 years ago with effective treatments that now exist, these victims will be impacted by this defendant’s actions for the rest of their lives,” said State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.


Source: WJLA, September 13, 2019

Frederick Man Enters Alford Plea To Knowingly Transferring HIV To 3 Women

A Frederick man charged with knowingly transferring HIV to women he met online entered an Alford plea on Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court.

37-year-old RJS entered an Alford plea to three counts of Second Degree Assault and three counts of Knowingly Attempting to Transfer HIV.

An Alford Plea is a type of guilty plea where the defendant does not formally admit guilt but acknowledges that the State has sufficient evidence to convict them.

RS will continue to be held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center without bond until sentencing November 4th.

Police arrested 34-year-old RJS of Frederick, Maryland on April 15 after evidence obtained during a 21-month long investigation.

A total of seven women have been identified as victims.

Source: Certified Pop, April 16, 2019

Officials in Maryland say a man knowingly spread HIV to four women he met on dating sites and apps.

WBAL-TV reports 34-year-old RJS, of Frederick, Maryland, was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after police conducted a 21-month investigation into his alleged crimes.

S also faces counts of knowingly transferring or attempting to transfer HIV to another person, which is classified as a misdemeanor under Maryland’s general health law.

Frederick police Lt. Kirk Henneberry told the local news station that detectives began their investigation after several women reported S infected them with HIV.

Once S’s blood was tested and determined to be HIV positive, S continued to meet women on dating sites. After meeting the women, S had unprotected sex with them without disclosing his HIV status.

Although detectives tested S’s blood in 2017, they say he was aware of his diagnosis since 2014.

As part of their case against S, prosecutors and police had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he knew he was HIV-positive before they could file any charges, Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith told WUSA9 in reference to the lengthy investigation time.

S is currently being held on a $100,000 bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.