Thomas Guerra was charged for knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend to (human immunodeficiency virus) HIV. The San Diego City Attorney's Office charged the handsome 29-year-old landscape architect with a misdemeanor after his former live-in lover filed a police report. Now dozens of other men have come forward to claim that Guerra, a.k.a. Ashton Chavez, also had sexual relations with them without disclosing his HIV positive status.
According to an Aug. 29, 2014 report by Gawker, the ex-boyfriend, who wants to remain anonymous, has tested positive for the virus. He and Guerra dated for over a year, and things had gotten serious. Guerra's ex even planned to propose marriage. Hours before his planned proposal, things went horribly wrong.
Another man contacted Guerra's lover via Facebook, claiming that he and the attractive landscaper were previously involved in a sexual relationship. In addition, the man said that Guerra tested positive for HIV. Thomas Guerra's ex spoke with 10News about the heartbreak that he experienced after discovering his lover's dishonesty.
"I don't even know who I was living with. I don't know who I had fallen in love with. There are many people who are being hurt and could potentially still be hurt. It needs to stop. I want him to get help. I don't want people being hurt. It's the only reason why I am speaking out."
For now Thomas Guerra has been charged with a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months and a paltry fine of $1,000 after potentially ruining the lives of up to two dozen men, but that could change. According to Gawker, incriminating text messages from Guerra could potentially upgrade his alleged misdemeanor to a felony, which could carry a prison sentence of up to eight years if he is convicted. Thomas Guerra's accuser spoke with CBS8 about the content of those text messages.
"There's hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of text messages where he's talking about intentionally infecting people with HIV. Texts where he's stating he's negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his 'positive load. It's crude, it's...I don't know how someone could treat another individual like that."