According to the Christian Post on Jan. 23, former pastor Craig Lamar Davis, 43, of Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia was found guilty of two counts of reckless conduct for failing to tell two women he was HIV positive. Besides infecting the women, Davis was married at the time.
The guilty verdict came after less than one hour of deliberation from the jury.
When the guilty verdict was read in court, the former pastor's family wept openly in court. However, Davis himself sat motionless according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to CBS Atlanta, the now divorced Davis former pastor admitted on the witness stand during his four-day trial that doctors had diagnosed him with the AIDS virus in 2005. Yet, he continued to have affairs.
One victim said that she had sex with Davis four times and he never told her of his status. Davis said that he told another woman of his status and she continued to sleep with him. She said they had sex six or more times each week. She tested positive for HIV.
His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21 when he could go to jail for up to 20 years for each guilty charge because they are felonies.
One of his ex-lovers and victim Ronita McAfee was the one who initiated the case against Davis. She said, "I am pleased with the verdict today. It has been my hope and prayer that justice would be served and the reckless behavior of Mr. Davis would be exposed."
During his trial, Davis’ lawyers claimed that his HIV diagnosis was inaccurate. They suggested that Davis’ results were wrong because of his crack addiction and even brought in an expert witness to detail how HIV tests aren’t accurate. It was reported that prosecutors were able to win the case by pointing out that Davis continued to take anti-viral medication to treat HIV.