HIV infected man charged with 21 counts of recklessly risking infection

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DEXTER, MO (KTVI) – David Lee Mangum of Dexter, MO is facing a total of 21 counts of recklessly risking infection of another with HIV.  He is infected with the deadly virus that causes AIDS.  The 37-year-old HIV positive man has been accused of having unprotected sex with over 300 people in the last decade. Three victims range in age from 19 to 76.

In probable cause statements Mangum admits he never told his partners he was HIV positive.  He told police he has had 300 sexual partners since testing positive for HIV in 2003.  50 to 60 of those partners  were in Stoddard County in southeast Missouri between Poplar Bluff and Sikeston.

His recent partner broke off their relationship and contacted Dexter police after  testing positive for HIV.  The man said he met Mangum through a listing on the Craig’s List web site.  The document also quotes Mangum as saying he never informed his partners about his illness for “fear of rejection.”

A Stoddard County judge cancelled his $250,000 cash only bond.

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