Hiv-positive man charged with failing to inform partner
A former Eastpointe man is accused of being HIV-positive and failing to tell his sexual partner after they had dated and lived together for about three years.
X, 34, is charged with sexual penetration by a person infected with AIDS or HIV, punishable by up to four years in prison, as well as two other minor felonies, accused of taking the alleged victim’s car and stealing items from her.
Lt. Neil Childs of Eastpointe police said the couple was living together in the 22000 block of Schroeder Avenue in June 2013 when the victim, also 34, said she discovered his diagnosis in paperwork at their home after he left.“He never informed her he was HIV-positive,” Childs said.
X had taken her car, a 2009 Chevy Cobalt, and multiple gift cards, he said. X is also charged with unlawful driving away of a vehicle and larceny. The vehicle and gift cards were later recovered in Shelby Township, he said. Childs said his accuser filed a complaint against X “so he couldn’t do it to anyone else.”
X’s attorney, Daniel Bitar, declined to comment.
Free after posting two $15,000 bonds, X faces a Jan. 14 pretrial hearing in front of Judge Jennifer Faunce in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.
The warrant for X’s arrest was issued in September 2013 but there may have been a delay in him being picked up, officials said.
This is the first known HIV- or AIDS-related case in Macomb County in several years.
A Clinton Township man who was HIV-positive was charged in 2009 with using a biological substance as a weapon, on top of two other charges, when he was accused of biting another man during a physical confrontation on a residential street. The biological substance charge was dismissed in 2010 by Judge Peter J. Maceroni, and a plea deal later that year resulted in a misdemeanor.