|Frisco Man Accused of Knowingly Spreading HIV|
|Last Edited: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007, 6:14 AM CDT|
|Created: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007, 9:55 PM CDT|
FRISCO -- A 51-year-old martial arts instructor is accused of recklessly endangering at least four women by having unprotected sex with them, even though he knew he carried the virus that causes AIDS.
Police arrested Philippe Padieu Friday night at a bar in Addison on four warrants of first-degree aggravated assault.
The Frisco Police Department says Padieu has known he is HIV-positive since the fall of 2005, but didn't tell any of the people he slept with about his diagnosis.
At least one of the women Padieu slept with has tested positive for HIV, according to authorities.
Padieu worked as a martial arts instructor at EC Athletics in Plano, a school that teaches cheerleading, tumbling, and martial arts.
"We never had any idea that anything was going on," said manager Lee Ward, "and never would have had him in our facility had we known if that was the case."
Padieu remains in the Collin County jail in lieu of $200,000 bond
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|Women Knew Philippe Padieu of Frisco|
|Last Edited: Thursday, 26 Jul 2007, 6:25 AM CDT|
|Created: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007, 11:27 PM CDT|
After FOX 4 showed the photo of Philippe Padieu Wednesday night, at least two more women have contacted Frisco police, saying they may also be infected with HIV after sleeping with the 51-year-old martial arts instructor.
“He’s like a terrorist with a different kind of bomb, slowly infecting as many people as he could have sex with,” said a woman we’re calling “Elaine” to protect her identity.
Elaine is an acquaintance of Padieu, the man who on Wednesday remained in the Collin County jail on the four felony charges of First Degree Assault.
She describes him as a French playboy who seduced women he met through his job as a martial arts instructor at EC Athletics, a Plano school for cheerleading, tumbling and karate. The school teaches young children, and there are always mothers around.
“He was dating women that were married, and they didn’t know about each other,” Elaine said. “I knew about four or five.”
So far four women have tested positive for HIV. Frisco police Sgt. Gerald Meadors says each of woman eventually discovered she wasn’t Padieu’s exclusive partner. One believed his monogamous lies for four years.
“The victims learned of each other, and through talking with each other were themselves tested,” he said.
Police arrested Padieu at a bar in Addison and say they have no idea how many people he may have come into contact with since testing HIV-positive in 2005.
“I know he was going out every night,” said Elaine.