Missouri man accused of spreading HIV
MISSOURI -- A 22-year-old in Missouri is accused of knowingly trying to spread HIV.
Prosecutors say the former Lindenwood University student engaged in sexual activity with more than 30 people after he discovered he had HIV.
"On that laptop were 32 videos that depicted different individuals engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johnson," Tom Lohmar, St. Charles County Prosecutor said.
The man -- Michael Johnson -- was seen with 31 unidentified people in videos taken over four months.
Most of the videos were filmed on the St. Charles campus of Lindenwood University in Missouri.
"It's safe to say that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room, we know that because we recognize the furniture," Lohmar said.
Lohmar says most of the victims not only likely had no idea they were being video-taped, they were clueless that Johnson had HIV and he knew it.
That's why Lohmar wants any potential victims to come forward immediately.
"It's a matter not only of their individual safety, but to public safety, as well," Lohmar said.
Lindenwood University officials say they will assist law enforcement with identifying victims. They say they had no idea the videos existed until just a few days ago.
Students shaken up by the latest news, but glad that Johnson is still behind bars for now.
If convicted of knowingly transmitting HIV, he could get up to life in prison.
The situation at Lindenwood University is not an isolated incident. Law enforcement officials from across the country have been busy handling cases just like Johnson.
The small town of Logansport, Lousiana recently saw an arrest of a 40-year-old man named Cartrell Brooks. Brooks is accused of intentially spreading HIV to possibly 13 people in the town. Deputies in the parish report every since word spread of the Jan. 7 arrest, calls have been coming in from across the country from people concerned about being exposed to HIV through Brooks.
And a Georgia man was recently convicted of failing to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner. Craig Davis was convicted of HIV Reckless Conduct. It took a jury less than one hour to return a guilty verdict.
It is important to note that not all victims exposed to the virus have contracted the virus.
"It's not required that anyone tests positive to exposure to the virus. Just the fact that he exposed them to the virus without their knowledge is a crime, and that's what he's basically being charged with," Lousiana's DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Detective Horace Womack explained in regards to Brooks.
Law enforcement and health officials are urging any person who believes they may have been exposed to the virus by any of these men to come forward.Thursday, March 27 2014, 01:29 PM CDT
To Your Health Stories
Across The NationNews and information from across the nation.
Elections DayElections are in full swing in your town.Stick with News10 as the ballots continue to be submitted!
The Great OutdoorsJoin KTVL News10 for The Great Outdoors, a weekly segment featuring numerous activities related to outdoor living in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Medford Teachers StrikeAs of 7 p.m. Wednesday February 5, 2014, no compromise in the dispute over a new contract between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association.
Rogue River HomicideThe Jackson County Sheriff's office says 65-year-old Susan Monica was arrested for identity theft and other theft charges last Friday...
Patricia MacCallum Murder TrialPatricia MacCallum is accused of shooting and killing her husband, Christopher MacCallum, during a camping trip last year. Patricia MacCallum's trial began Nov. 18. News10 is at the courthouse and will ...
Health MattersLocal Health Care Professionals Providing You With Helpful Health Tips!
Fire Watch 2013Your source for evacuations, closures and relief efforts.
Your Voice. Your Future.As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
Medfords Most WantedEach week, News10 looks at the Rogue Valley's most wanted criminals and finds out who has been caught.
Health Care ReformThe Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
Biscuit Fire:Ten Years LaterIt has been ten years since the Biscuit Fire scorched 500,00 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest.
Tasty TopicsWe've all seen News10's Trish Glose tasting food on West Coast Flavors. Now she has more space to talk about food and drink!
No Text ZoneTexting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE
Washington TimesPolitics, Breaking News, US and World News.
Reality CheckHow are your tax dollars being spent? Reality Check tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
Your ViewWhen you see news, share it with us. Your View is the perfect place to share the video and photos you capture your town.
Green WednesdayThere are limits to our natural resources and News 10's Green Wednesday provides information on how we can be better stewards of the environment.
Cool SchoolsNews10 is visiting Medford elementary schools and letting them show us what makes their school great.
On The TownOn the Town highlights local entertainment activities from concerts at the Craterian, to plays, parades and fun runs, for the week and weekends in Medford and counties in Southern Oregon.
To Your HealthDr. Dan, Monday KTVL News10 at 5 answers your health questions and discusses the latest developments in medecine. If you have questions, find the e-mail address and mailing address at ktvl.com.
West Coast FlavorsWho doesn't love good food? News 10 invites area chefs to the West Coast Appliance kitchen to cook up their favorite recipes.
Crime StoppersCrime Stoppers, Medford, Southern Oregon's answer to crime at ktvl.com. Find a police report of the active case, descriptons of suspects, vehicle information, rewards.
Rogue GangsGangs are a growing concern for police in Southern Oregon and Northern California. News 10 is taking an in-depth look at the issue.
Links from Our BroadcastLinks and numbers from our newscasts at KTVL News10, Medford, Southern Oregon's news source. Relevant links to research topics of interest or to contact organizations.
Consumer LinksConsumer information, links and numbers. Useful links to protect and educate the consumer from the Oregon and California State Departments, the federal government and other Associations.
Safety LinksSafety - links and numbers at ktvl.com. Emergency preparedness plans for Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties' citizens. Links to California and Oregon Emergency Management Offices, National Safety Council, ...
Voting LinksLinks to websites full of information and background material, as well as sites that help you take action.
Local LinksLocal links for Medford, Southern Oregon and Northern California. Community links for Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Siskiyou Counties, schools, cities, chambers of commerce, Rogue Valley ...
Tonight on KTVL
12:30pm: The Bold and the Beautiful
1:00pm: The Talk
2:00pm: Let's Make A Deal
3:00pm: Rachael Ray
5:00pm: News10 at 5pm
5:30pm: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
6:00pm: News10 at 6pm
6:35pm: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
7:05pm: Family Feud
7:30pm: Celebrity Name Game
8:00pm: The Mentalist
9:00pm: Criminal Minds
11:00pm: News10 at 11pm
11:35pm: The Late Show, with David Letterman
12:37am: The Late Late Show