by Nigel Boys
A man from Dexter, Missouri has been charged with exposing his partner to the HIV virus and police say that he may have exposed up to 300 other people to the virus which causes AIDS.
Russell Oliver, Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney charged David Lee Mangum, 36, with the Class A felony of Knowingly Infecting with HIV after he was arrested by the Dexter Police Department. Mangum is facing a possible sentence of life imprisonment if he is found guilty.
Detective Sgt. Corel Mills said that Mangum admitted that he had at least 300 unprotected s*xual encounters since he was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and he had met those people online or in parks.
Mills went on to say that it will be difficult to find Mangum’s partners and warn them of possible infection because Mangum says that he only knew them by their first names. He would have been charged with a Class B felony of knowingly exposing his partners to the HIV virus had no one come forward to say that Mangum had infected them.
However, a previous s*xual partner, who had a relationship with Mangum has filed a complaint against him because he has since received a positive HIV test from the Stoddard County Health Department. The 28-year old victim was interviewed by Mills on August 26 regarding the allegations against Mangum. The victim claims that Mangum gave him the HIV virus and lied to him about not having it.
According to the affidavit, the victim said that he met Mangum through a Craigslist “men for men” advertisement. They later met in person and had a s*xual encounter with no protection. The victim stated in the affidavit that he had asked Mangum before their s*xual encounter if he had any s*xually transmitted diseases and Mangum assured him that he had not.
Apparently the two men had lived together in Dexter, Missouri at two different locations before the alleged victim ended their relationship in June this year after finding out that Mangum had been sleeping with other men. The victim then later allegedly received a call from a former roommate of Mangum who told him that Mangum had been tested positive for the HIV virus in 2003.
When the victim asked Mangum about this, he admitted that he had been tested positive for HIV in Texas in 2003 and added that he had about 300 s*xual partners since he received the test. According to a police affidavit, Mangum admitted that he never told any of his s*xual partners that he had HIV because he feared being rejected.
Judge Stephen Mitchell set bond for Mangum at $250,000 cash only and he remains in the Stoddard County Jail. Under Missouri law, it is a felony to knowingly expose someone to the HIV virus without their consent and can carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years.