A 34 year-old Iowa man has been arrested under Iowa's criminal HIV exposure laws for allegedly have unprotected sex with another man without disclosing his HIV-positive status.
There was obviously no evidence of HIV transmission before the complaint, since the alleged 'crime' took place on June 26th and the 'victim' had already been to the police on July 10th.
For this apparently one-off incident of unprotected sex without disclosure, the man remains in custody until his trial, and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Plainfield man faces charges for allegedly spreading HIV
Thursday, October 2, 2008
CEDAR FALLS --- A Plainfield man was arrested this week after he allegedly exposed another person to HIV.
Nick Clayton Rhoades, 34, was arrested by Cedar Falls police Monday on a warrant for criminal transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus. The arrest took place at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Cedar Falls police say Rhoades met an unidentified Cedar Falls man online in a chat room. On June 26, Rhoades traveled to the victim's home, where the pair had "intimate contact," according to court records. Later on, the victim learned from friends that Rhoades had HIV.
The virus, which develops into AIDS, often takes months or years before incubation sets in. Police did not say whether the victim was infected with the virus.
Cedar Falls police arranged for the victim to contact Rhoades again by phone July 10, where Rhoades admitted he was HIV positive. He admitted it again during an interview with police July 14, according to court documents. He also admitted that he didn't tell the victim he was HIV positive during their initial contact.
Police did not release the age of the victim, who was identified as John Doe in court documents. Rhoades is being held at the Black Hawk County Jail on $150,000 bond. He faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted as charged.