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Former Florida Police Officer Gets 8 Years In Prison For Not Telling Ex He Had HIV

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Ervans Saintclair, 41, who worked as a police officer for the Greenacres Police Department in Greenacres, Florida, is now heading for prison.

The Guilty Ex-Cop

On Friday, June 15, Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer sentenced Saintclair to eight years in prison for not telling his longtime female companion, who works for the U.S. Postal Service, that he was HIV positive. This was a first-degree felony charge. The judge blasted the former cop during his sentencing and stated that he did not uphold the law. She also added that he put his lover in danger multiple times.

Before the judge issued his sentence, Saintclair apologized for his actions. His lawyer also asked for the minimum sentence of 21 months in prison. Several members of Saintclair's inner circle also tried to persuade Judge Schosberg Feuer to show leniency. Among the family members that spoke on Saintclair's behalf included his current wife, his ex-wife, and his oldest son.

An Ex-Cop's Dark Side

During his trial, Palm Beach County Prosecutors revealed that Saintclair committed these sex crimes against his former sexual partner between 2009 and 2013. Saintclair's ex-sexual partner claimed that she and Saintclair had unprotected sex countless times during their relationship. She also mentioned that if Saintclair were honest at the beginning of their relationship and told her that he was diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease, they would never have sex.

Saintclair found out about his HIV diagnosis in 2007 during a required health test. Despite having HIV, Saintclair's doctor told Greenacres officials that the diagnosis would not hinder his ability to work in the police department. Saintclair was brought to justice after his ex-wife informed authorities that he had sex with multiple partners.

HIV Crimes

A 25-year-old Arkansas man named Stephen Koch was sentenced to jail for 50 years. The Scranton, Arkansas native told a court that he intentionally contracted HIV to spread the sexually transmitted disease to other people. Koch was also charged with other crimes including possessing both drugs and child pornography. He would also be required to register as a sex offender and sign up for the prison's sex offender treatment program.

Three people in the Republic of the Gambia sued the country's former president, Yahya Jammeh. The trio accused the previous government leader of giving them fake AIDS medication. The people revealed to the country's High Court that when they joined the HIV/AIDS program, the medicines they received made them vomit. They added that their health worsened, while other participants died.

Daryll Rowe, 27, is currently serving a life sentence in a UK prison. He was found guilty of sabotaging the condoms of ten of his sexual partners. Rowe would also taunt the men through text that he had HIV. Five of Rowe's sexual partners contracted the sexually transmitted disease.

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