Trial starts for student accused of spreading HIV

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Young men who said they were exposed to or infected with HIV testified against a former Lindenwood University student who is now on trial.

23-year-old Michael Johnson is a former wrestler and student at Lindenwood University. He’s charge with infecting two male sex partners and exposing four others to HIV.

Testimony on Tuesday revealed that about two weeks before he had sex with one alleged victim Johnson was diagnosed with HIV.

Before having sex the young man asked Johnson if he was clean, or free of the disease as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.

He testified that Johnson lied and said he was clean, a violation of state law.

The two engaged in sex and several days later the victim ended up very sick in the emergency room. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with HIV.

The victim testified he had not had sex one year before engaging in relations with Johnson on that day.

A second alleged victim also testified he was exposed to HIV and that Johnson also lied to him about not having the disease.

The trial resumes Thursday morning.  It could wrap up by Friday or even earlier. If he’s found guilty Johnson could be sentenced to life in prison.

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