HIV Patient Jailed For Unprotected Sex And Non-disclosure
A local court in Pennsylvania recently handed down a 33 to 66 month-prison term for an HIV-positive man who had unprotected sexual intercourse with three women without informing them of his HIV status.
Apparently, this wasn't the first time the 26-year old Ricky Webster of Wilson Pennsylvania went to jail for the same offense. The recent case was actually his second.
He admitted guilt to all nine counts of reckless endangerment. On top of his prison sentence, Webster will also get two years of probation.
After his sentence was read, Webster expressed remorse but county Senior Judge Leonard Zito was not convinced.
"This ranks among the most cowardly of human acts. What he did, what Ricky Webster did, was to steal the lives of these young girls," told Judge Zito as quoted saying by The Morning Call.
According to New York Times, Webster was living with HIV since birth. He was previously sentenced to a four-year prison term for failure to disclose his condition to two sexual partners including a minor back in 2010. He served two years in jail before being paroled.
So far, none of the three women whom Webster had unprotected sex with reported having HIV but they remained under constant medical monitoring until their testing period expires.
Assistant District Attorney Anthony Casola felt that Webster should get a tougher sentence for ruining the lives of his victims.
"I know that they're going to be concerned about this for the rest of their lives," remarked Casola as quoted in an article published by Lehig Valley Live.