Thomas Guerra was charged with knowingly spreading HIV to dozens of unsuspecting partners, but despite the charges, Thomas Guerra is still active in the dating scene by using the dating app Grindr. One of Guerra’s victims, his ex-boyfriend, told San Diego’s NBC7 News in an Aug. 29 report, that Guerra might be using the alias “Ashton Chavez.”
According to San Diego City Attorney officials, 29-year-old Thomas Miguel Guerra --who claims to be the great-nephew of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez -- pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge for infecting his former boyfriend intentionally with HIV. If found guilty on one count of violating the section of the Health and Safety Code which states that a person cannot willfully expose a communicable disease to another person, Guerra could be facing up to six months in jail.
Thomas Guerra did not only “willfully” spread HIV to at least two dozens of partners but he is also bragging about it, says his ex-boyfriend who is one of his victims. “What I find grotesque is he'll tell an individual he's negative and brag about it, and laugh about an individual afterwards that he's positive.”
A second San Diego man, also an ex-boyfriend and HIV victim of Guerra, says that he had been dating Guerra for a year before he found Guerra’s shocking cell phone text messages in which he bragged about spreading HIV.
"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."
"I was hours away from proposing to this individual. This is someone that I loved, I've loved his family, I've spent multiple holidays with his family, he's been home with me to my family. This is someone that I intended to spend the rest of my life with.”
According to San Diego’s CBS8 report, the victim who initiated the criminal case against Guerra provided San Diego police with more text messages showing that his ex-boyfriend intentionally deceived people. According to the arrest warrant, Guerra had told him that he was HIV-negative when they began dating and that he only found out about his HIV-positive status after getting tested together. Guerra’s accuser is hoping that the charges can be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony, which could mean eight years in prison.
“His weapon is using his body to infect these people. Why? I don't know why he's doing this. He's forever changing these people's lives and these people have no clue what's happening to them.”
Even after Thomas Guerra was charged, both of his victims are warning others that he is still out there, potentially spreading his HIV to even more unknowing victims. Guerra has been ordered to appear in court Sept. 2 for a readiness hearing, but when NBC7 tried to interview him in Imperial Beach in San Diego, he drove off in his SUV – laughing.