Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, Pensacola, Florida man sentenced ten years jail after knowingly spreading HIV after not telling woman he had sex with he was infected.
A Pensacola, Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly spreading HIV.
The Pensacola News Journal reported Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, 27, being sentenced Friday. He was previously convicted of having sex with another person without notifying them that he had HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.
The sentencing follows an Escambia County jury finding that Rashem Bodiford was indeed a danger to the public, and had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Bodiford had sex with two women from September 2016 to October 2017 and lied about his condition to one of the women.
An infected woman told Escambia County deputies in 2017 that she had tested positive for HIV and her last sexual partner had been Bodiford. She said she had seen Bodiford in possession of HIV medication, and he told her he was selling it for his uncle.
Bodiford later told investigators that he had known he was HIV positive since September 2016.
Not immediately clear is why the man declined to tell his sexual partners that he had the HIV virus and if he had sought to purposefully infect them?
According to CBS News and new data from Avert.org, Florida is third in the nation for the number of AIDS diagnoses. The number of diagnoses per 100,000 people in Florida is 23.7.
The District of Columbia and New York are number one and two in the nation, respectively.
The CDC reported Southern states accounted for more than half of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses in 2017.