A Florida man was sentenced to prison for having intercourse without notifying his partners that he was HIV positive.
Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, 27, of Pensacola was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison, adopted by five years of probation, for three felony counts of having intercourse with one other particular person without notifying that individual that he had HIV, according to an information release by State Legal professional Bill Eddins.
A penalty procedure hearing was held April 10 to determine whether or not Bodiford needs to thought of a hazard to the general public. Eddins famous it was the first time a penalty procedure hearing to determine the hazard level of such offenses had ever held in Escambia County and one of the first of its kind in Florida.
“Under the present Florida criminal punishment rating sheet for these three counts of having sex with one other individual without notifying that individual that he has HIV, Bodiford did not rate within the vary that allowed him to obtain state prison as a punishment,” Eddins said within the news release.
“Since Bodiford didn’t rate permissive state prison, the one means for Bodiford to receive a sentence of state prison was for the state to place the query of Bodiford’s dangerousness to the general public before a jury.”
An Escambia County jury discovered that Bodiford was undoubtedly a danger to the public, and he confronted a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
According to his arrest report, Bodiford had intercourse with the two women from September 2016 to October 2017 and lied about his situation to one of many women.
In June 2017, a woman informed legislation enforcement that she had examined optimistic for HIV and her last sexual partner had been Bodiford, the report acknowledged.
She told investigators that when she had seen Bodiford in possession of medicine used to deal with HIV and questioned him about it, he said to her that he was selling the drug for his uncle.
Bodiford later informed investigators that he had identified about his HIV constructive standing since September 2016, in response to arresting paperwork.