A man who has known his HIV status since 1996 admitted that he didn’t tell the woman he was dating for nearly a year that he had the virus, according to testimony today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Napoleon Jones, 62, of Columbus pleaded not guilty to one felony count of reckless conduct HIV related to the case. He was ordered held in Muscogee County Jail under a $10,000 bond.
Judge Michael Joyner bound the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Cpl. Christy Truitt said she was called to Public Safety Center around 10 a.m. Sunday to meet with a person. She found the victim in the building with one of Jones' long-time acquaintances.
"When I arrived, (the victim) was very upset, unable to speak to me," Truitt testified. "At the time, she was crying uncontrollably."
The acquaintance told police that he recently informed the woman, who had been dating Jones since spring 2015, that the defendant is HIV postitive. The victim added that Jones learned about his status in 1996 but never disclosed it to her.
Truitt told the court that the suspect and victim had unprotected sex multiple times but declined to comment on the woman's HIV status.
Officers conducted an interview with the defendant Sunday in which he admitted that he had contracted the virus but never told the victim. He was arrested and charged later that day.
Jones didn't testify in court.
— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.