A 34 year-old man has been charged with "multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses" following allegations from the 16 year-old son of the man's girlfriend that the man had raped him several times resulting in him becoming HIV-positive.
According to a news report in The Trentonian, which made the front page, the man (who was not named, but his ethnicity revealed - resulting in several extremely racist comments by readers) was arrested on Sunday.
Further details of this tragic case are below:
Police learned of the alleged abuse after the 16-year-old victim discovered he had contracted HIV. A police source said a friend of the boy was going to a free clinic to be tested for the disease, and asked if the boy would like to join him. The victim, the source said, agreed to go but assumed he had nothing to worry about because he was not sexually active. The friend’s test quickly came back negative, the source said, but there was a delay with the victim’s results.
The boy was shocked to learn his test came back positive, and the revelation prompted the disclosure of a secret he held for more than three years. The boy told police his mother’s longtime boyfriend had anally raped him on three separate occasions at two different Trenton homes in 2005 and 2006. The victim said he was only 12 years old the first time it happened [...] He reported that two similar encounters followed over the course of the next year. Investigators do not believe the mother was aware of the alleged behavior, and she has not been charged in any way.