Officers in Maryland say a person knowingly unfold HIV to 4 girls he met on relationship websites and apps.
WBAL-TV reviews 34-year-old Rudolph Jericho Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after police carried out a 21-month investigation into his alleged crimes.
Smith additionally faces counts of knowingly transferring or trying to switch HIV to a different particular person, which is assessed as a misdemeanor below Maryland’s basic well being regulation.
Frederick police Lt. Kirk Henneberry instructed the native information station that detectives started their investigation after a number of girls reported Smith contaminated them with HIV.
As soon as Smith’s blood was examined and decided to be HIV constructive, Smith continued to satisfy girls on relationship websites. After assembly the ladies, Smith had unprotected intercourse with them with out disclosing his HIV standing.
Though detectives examined Smith’s blood in 2017, they are saying he was conscious of his analysis since 2014.
As a part of their case towards Smith, prosecutors and police needed to show past an inexpensive doubt he knew he was HIV-positive earlier than they might file any fees, Frederick County State’s Lawyer Charlie Smith instructed WUSA9 in reference to the prolonged investigation time.
Smith is at present being held on a $100,000 bail on the Frederick County Grownup Detention Heart.
Anybody who could have had a sexual relationship with Smith round or after July of 2017 is urged to contact Frederick law enforcement officials at 301-600-TIPS (8477), textual content 240-674-8477 or e mail them at [email protected]