A 28 year-old Maryland man who previously served a year in prison after pleading guilty to 'reckless endangerment' (for HIV exposure) in 2005, is again facing similar charges – seven counts of reckless endangerment and seven counts of "knowingly exposing others to HIV".
According to an article in the Montgomery County Gazette, the man – an alleged member of the Dead Man Inc. gang – began dating an 18 year-old woman after meeting on Facebook last summer. She moved in with him and they allegedly had sex seven times.
The police were alerted by the woman's mother, who researched her daughter's boyfriend on the internet and discovered he'd had a previous conviction for 'reckless endangerment' and HIV exposure. The mother then asked the police to tell her daughter that Perrera was HIV-positive.
The man is currently being held without bail.
The article, which is somewhat long and convoluted, and includes details of the man's previous conviction, includes quotes from Assistant State's Attorney, Stephen D. Chaikin, who notes:
"It is rare, but not unheard of" to prosecute such cases, said Chaikin. Four other such cases have been filed in Montgomery County since 1989, when it became illegal to knowingly transfer or expose another individual to HIV, according to records compiled by the Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrative Office. All five cases have been filed since 2005.
The Maryland General Assembly made it illegal to knowingly transfer or attempt to transfer HIV in 1989 and is one of 32 states with such a measure.
Each reckless endangerment conviction in Maryland can bring up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and each conviction for knowingly transferring or attempting to transfer another with HIV can bring up to three years in prison and $2,500 in fines.
"Holding him accountable and protecting the community, that's what this whole case is about," Chaikin said.