US: Woman in Arkansas charged with “willfully exposing another to HIV” for spitting at police officer


Woman accused of exposing officer to HIV

June 20, 2024
Source: K8 News

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a Jonesboro woman with knowingly exposing a police officer to HIV.

X is being held on a $35,000 cash-only bond at the Craighead County Detention Center after Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to arrest her on suspicion of the following:

  • Knowing/willfully exposing another to HIV, a Class A felony
  • Aggravated assault upon a certified law enforcement officer or employee of state/local correctional facility, a Class D felony
  • Obstructing governmental operations, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor

According to the affidavit, officers arrested her around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, after seeing “a vehicle suspiciously parked” on North State Street with her sitting in the back seat.

“The officer was familiar with X through previous interactions and asked if she was on probation,” the court documents stated. “She became angry and stated that she was not.”

Suspecting she was lying to him, the officer verified through dispatch that X was on probation, then told her to get out of the vehicle.

“She became upset, yelling loudly at the officer, and failing to comply with lawful commands,” the affidavit said.

After placing her into handcuffs, the officer took her to the Craighead County Detention Center, where jail staff placed her in a restraint chair due to her reported noncompliance.

“Once in the restraint chair, X spit directly into the face of a Jonesboro police officer, striking him in the eye with her saliva while shouting that she has AIDS,” the affidavit stated.

According to the judge’s notes, X is a “habitual offender” with a “long history” of crime. Fowler also noted that she is a “danger to the public.”

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