22 year old Lindenwood University student and wrestler Michael Johnson, who is HIV-positive, and filmed himself having unprotected sex with numerous men, has been jailed.
Investigators believe he could have knowingly infected more that 30 people with the virus since October 2014. Police found 32 home made sex videos on Johnson’s laptop and each flick showed him with a different sexual partner. Most of the videos were recorded in his dorm room.
The police believe that the college student’s partners didn’t even know he was HIV positive nor did they know they were being filmed.
He was found guilty on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on one count of recklessly infecting a person with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a person with HIV and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV.During his trial, his ex-partner, Dylan King Lemon, who reported Johnson’s crimes and sextapes to the police testified against him in court. He said they had unprotected sex during their relationship and he believes he contracted the virus from Johnson.
Missouri state law demands people who are diagnosed with HIV to disclose their status to their partners, regardless if they use protection or take medication.
Johnson was diagnosed by the Missouri Department of Health with HIV on January 7, 2013. The day after Johnson received his status, he began having unprotected sex with various partners on and in the surrounding area of his college campus.
Only six of Johnson’s multiple partners came forward to charge him with knowingly infecting them with HIV and other STDs.
Johnson was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and may serve up to 60 years after being convicted on all five counts of infecting and exposing partners to HIV.
If Johnson’s sentences are served concurrently he will serve 30 years. If his charges are served consecutively, he will serve 60 and a half years. The judge on his case will determine his official sentencing on July 13, 2015.