US: 31-year-old living with HIV charged with felony in Ohio for spitting on police officer


Canton man with known HIV infection accused of spitting on police officer

September 10, 2020
Source: The Independent

He is accused of punching his caseworker and attacking two police officers, spitting on one of them while knowing he has an infectious disease.

CANTON A northeast Canton man diagnosed with HIV is accused of spitting on a police officer and kicking another after punching his caseworker at the police department lobby Wednesday afternoon.

X, 31, was arrested at 4 p.m. at the Canton Police Department after the incident.

According to Stark County Jail records, he was in the lobby when he pushed and punched his caseworker. He pulled away from officers as they tried to arrest him.

Once officers had handcuffs on him and he was being escorted from the lobby, he is accused of kicking one of the officers in the knee and then spitting on another officer. The jail records say he has been diagnosed with HIV.

X was jailed on charges of resisting arrest, assault and two counts of felony assault on a police officer.

He remained behind bars on Thursday, held in lieu of $52,000 bond pending a Canton Municipal Court hearing.