US: Gay man, 22, charged with two counts of HIV non-disclosure in Michigan’s Macomb County


Man charged with felony, accused of not telling partners he has AIDS

April 7, 2015
Source: Macombdaily

A 22-year-old Mount Clemens man who police say has AIDS has been ordered to stand trial on charges he failed to tell two sex partners that he has the disease. X faces two counts of AIDS-sexual penetration with an uninformed partner. The offense is punishable by up to four years in prison.

According to court records, both victims are males. One of them resided with X on Floral Avenue where they had consensual sex. That victim later noticed medication in the home and learned that X has the disease, police said.

“They broke up, and enter the picture another individual who had a brief encounter with the defendant and the two victims compared notes” about their suspicions, Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said Tuesday.

Following an investigation by sheriff’s detectives, X was arraigned and released on a personal recognizance bond and ordered to not have contact with his two accusers. The Macomb Daily is not publishing the names of the two men.

At a hearing recently in 41B District Court, X waived his right to probable-cause hearing. Judge Carrie Fuca bound the case over to Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens for trial. If convicted of either count, X also could be fined $5,000.

His attorney, Paul Louisell, declined to comment on the case Tuesday when contacted by a reporter.

Police believe X may have learned in late 2013 that he contracted the HIV virus or had developed the disease at that time.

In an email to the newspaper late Tuesday, Y said her brother has HIV but does not have AIDS.

X has since moved out of his apartment on Floral Avenue, near Cass Avenue, east of Groesbeck Highway, according to police and court records. He still resides in the city.

Officials said the felony charge like the one against X is very rare in the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office.

John Gemellaro, the Macomb County assistant prosecutor on the case, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment for this report.