HIV-Positive College Student Charged w/ Knowingly Transmitting HIV, Now Charged w/ Secretly Recording Unprotected Sex Acts
Here's an arguably more extreme case than what's normally presented, but we'd like to get your take.
Michael Johnson, a 22-year-old former wrestler at Lindenwood University has been charged with knowingly transmitting HIV to five individuals.
The number of charges may increase now that hidden camera recordings have been found of Johnson engaging in unprotected sex acts with more than 30 unidentified people.
St. Louis's KMOV News 4 reports:
In October, Michael Johnson, 22, was charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV. Police later discovered multiple videos of Johnson having unprotected sex.
They believe those partners were unaware Johnson was HIV positive and that they were being videotaped.
The startling details were revealed after hidden camera sex tapes were uncovered, according to prosecutors.
“On that laptop were 32 videos engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johnson,” said Tim Lohmar, St. Charles County prosecutor.
Lohmar said Johnson can be seen with 31 unidentified people in videos taken over four months. Most of the videos were shot on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Johnson has already been charged with five counts of knowingly transmitting the disease.
“It’s safe to safe that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room; we know that because we recognize the furniture,”
Lohmar said most of victims not only likely had no idea they were being video-taped; they were clueless that Johnson had HIV.
That’s why Lohmar wants any potential victims to come forward immediately. It’s a matter not only of their individual safety but public safety as well.
Here's video of the KMOV report:
Lindenwood University is now assisting police in identifying the individuals on the tapes. The school says they became aware of the existence of the tapes a few days ago.
Johnson could receive life in prison if convicted of knowingly transmitting HIV.
What's your take, Instincters? In this situation Johnson allegedly had unprotected sex with numerous individuals without disclosing his HIV status and potentially transmitted HIV to at least five people. Does responsibility lie solely with him?
Was his decision to secretly record many of these sex acts an entirely separate issue?
We'd like to hear from you!
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)