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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Police: Ohio Man hid HIV status

By Eileen Kelley -
A Hyde Park man who authorities say knew that he was HIV-positive since 2009 has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly having sex without disclosing his health status.

Andre Davis, 29, of Grace Avenue in Hyde Park appeared before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge David Stockdale on Wednesday.

A prosecutor asked Stockdale for a high bond, suggesting that there are other victims in other jurisdictions. The prosecutor called Davis a danger to the community.

Under Ohio law, people who know they're HIV-positive must disclose their status to a potential partner before engaging in sexual conduct.

Court records cite a March 3 case where he is accused of having sexual relations without telling the person he was HIV-positive.

Davis was arrested the following day on unrelated charges after the mother of two of his young children accused him of injuring her.

She told police that Davis grabbed her arms and legs and pulled her out of a vehicle and then pushed her, causing her right eye to become swollen.

That assault case could go to court later this month.

Davis’ attorney said his client works at a pizza place and a department store.

Judge Stockdale set Davis’ bond at $25,000 for the HIV-related felonious assault charge.


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