HIV-Positive Former College Student Charged With Intentionally Exposing Students To HIV
A HIV-positive former college student at South Dakota State University is facing charges after allegedly having sex with multiple students without disclosing his HIV status.
NBC affiliate KDLT reports:
According to court documents, 19-year-old Demetrius Colaites is facing two counts of intentional exposure to the HIV infection. Colaites is also charged with sexual contact with a person incapable of consenting.
The charges stem from two alleged acts. In one of the alleged acts, a residential life staff member said that Colaites had possibly been having sexual contact with students and not informing them that he is HIV positive. An 18-year-old student told investigators that Colaites did have unprotected sex with him. The student says Colaites did not inform him about being HIV positive.
Court documents for the other alleged act say that Colaites had sexual contact with a 19-year-old student. When the student was interviewed by authorities, he claims that he was too drunk to give consent and did not remember the events that occurred. The student also claims that he was unaware that Colaites was HIV positive.
What's your take on this, Instincters? It's notable that no reports say that these students actually asked Colaites what his HIV status was before having unprotected sex with him. Does that excuse his decision not to disclose his status? Do they also bear responsibility?
This is, of course, separate from the case in which a student claims Colaites had sex with him without his consent.
Should Colaites be facing charges?