Man who hid HIV status charged with assault
DELAWARE, Ohio — The secret that authorities say PA kept from an ex-girlfriend could land him back in prison.
A, 44, is accused of not telling his former partner that he is HIV-positive. He was charged last month with felonious assault, authorities said today.
A was charged under a state law that makes it felony for a person who has tested positive for HIV to have sex without telling the partner about the disease.
In a court appearance last year in a separate criminal case, A disclosed to a Delaware County judge that he is HIV-positive and that he had not told anyone but his mother for 17 years, said Delaware Police Sgt. John Radabaugh.
A victim’s advocate who attended that hearing knew of a woman who had had a relationship with A, and the advocate checked whether the two had been intimate, Radabaugh said. The woman said yes but was unaware that A was HIV-positive.
A grand jury indicted A on June 20. The indictment says that from January through October 2006, he “knowingly engaged in sexual conduct with Jane Doe without disclosing that knowledge.”
Authorities declined today to say whether the woman contracted the virus.
A was convicted of arson in September and sentenced to a year in prison. He was released from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on May 30 after serving about eight months.
Authorities urge anyone who had sexual contact with A to seek HIV testing and call Delaware police at xxx-xxx-xxxx.