A man infects a teen with HIV after having a "relationship" with her -- and now he faces 95 years in prison. According to CBS News, Matthew Reese, 31, allegedly carried on a 7-month relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Reese plead guilty to the following charges: Aggravated sexual assault of a child with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault with serious bodily injury, and sexual assault of a child.
Prosecutors believe that Reese knew that he was HIV positive before having sexual relations with the teen and infecting her. The plea deal that he agreed to will see him behind bars for 95 years -- 55 years, 20 years, and 20 years for each of the aforementioned charges respectively. Prosecutors are pushing for Reese to serve his time consecutively so that he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
The man infected the teen with HIV and may have infected even more people. According to Dallas News, there were at least three people that might have been infected with the disease thanks to Reese's neglect to tell them that he was infected. Three people testified against him in the case, all claiming to have had sexual relations with the man and having no idea that he had HIV.
According to the report:
"During the trial Reese’s HIV was classified as a 'deadly weapon,' meaning that he must serve at least half of each sentence, 47 years in total, before he is up for parole."
The man who infected the teen with HIV was also seen having sex with an inmate while behind bars. The two were caught having sex in their bunk. Apparently Reese didn't tell the other inmate about having HIV either. The other inmate is set to testify at a later date.
Matthew Reese wasn't infecting people with HIV on purpose (that the public is aware of), but not telling others that he has HIV and proceeding to have unprotected sex with people is just as much of a crime.