Former Elyria employee accused of not telling partner he had HIV
A former Elyria city employee has been indicted on one count of felonious assault after having sexual intercourse with a woman and not telling her he had the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
According to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will, X, 35, of LaGrange, met a woman on Craigslist and started a relationship with her. After that they began to engage in sexual activity. Will stated that when X was sent to prison on another case, the victim was contacted by his wife or soon-to-be ex-wife and told her that X had tested positive for HIV.
The victim had correspondence with X and asked him why he didn’t tell her.
Will said in a case like this, someone would be charged with felonious assault, which in this case is a second degree felony, because the person is knowingly causing physical harm to someone.
He said that this is something that has happened previously.
“We don’t see it a lot, but we have seen it before,” Will said. “The only reason they (the state) enacted it (the charge) is because there has been occasions of it so they changed the law so someone could be charged for something like this.”
X was sentenced in August to 18 months in prison for theft and was ordered to pay $58,598 in restitution. Police arrested him on June 28, 2013, after an investigation led authorities to stolen city property at his home.
X worked as a communications technician from 2007 to 2013. He resigned to pursue other opportunities, according to an earlier article.
Thirty Whelen Cencom Sapphire Siren Systems, each valued at $625, were then found missing from the Communications Department after a routine inventory by communications employees.
The systems were sirens from police cars, Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino has said. They consist of the siren and the keyboard system. He said that altogether, the items were worth $18,750.