David Lee Mangum, 36, has been arrested and charged with reckless exposure to HIV in Dexter, Missouri after his former live-in partner contacted Dexter police and filed a complaint that claims Mangum had infected him with HIV – and, furthermore, that Mangum knew he carried the disease, according to an ABC News report on Thursday.
In Mangum’s statement of guilt, he admitted to having unprotected sex with as many as 300 persons without having disclosed his HIV status. He admitted that he has had the relations since being diagnosed with HIV in 2003, and 50-to-60 of those contacts have been in his immediate area of Stoddard County, Missouri.
The alleged victim, 28, tested positive for HIV two months ago, and the arrest of his former partner occurred on Aug. 27. Mangum, whose bond has been set at $250,000 by Judge Stephen Mitchell of the Stoddard County Court, was arraigned on Thursday but did not legally enter a plea.
If convicted, Mangum could get a life sentence in prison.
Russell Oliver, the Stoddard County prosecutor, is urging anyone who engaged in anonymous sex in the Stoddard County area to have an HIV test. The prosecutor said that getting this information into public view is the primary focus in revealing this case.