A man who told US authorities he had sexual contact with as many 300 people after being diagnosed with HIV has pleaded not guilty to infecting another man with the virus, and prosecutors said more charges are expected.
A man has told US authorities he had sexual contact with as many 300 people after being diagnosed with HIV (AP)
David Mangum entered the plea after being charged with recklessly infecting another with HIV, which inMissouri – where penalties for such crimes are among the nation’s harshest – carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Court documents allege that the 36-year-old told detectives he had unprotected sex with as many as 300 people after being diagnosed a decade ago with HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Many of his trysts stemmed fromCraigslist ads, he told investigators, and he would meet men at parks, service stations and other remote locations.
Police believe many were truckers or others passing through the region, and because Mangum had little information about many of the men, investigators are concerned about finding potential victims, police detective Cory Mills said.
Authorities turned to the media and more potential victims have come forward, prosecutor Russell Oliver said. He would not say how many people, but added that more charges are expected.
Local health clinics are reporting a recent surge in people seeking HIV tests.
Magnum is jailed on 250,000 dollar (£160,000) cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing is set for September 26.
Missouri is among 37 states that make it a crime to knowingly transmit HIV to others.