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HIV-Positive Man Charged with Knowingly Exposing Over 30 Sexual Partners

| by Dominic Kelly

Police in St. Charles, Missouri say that a 22-year-old former college wrestler has been arrested after having sex with over 30 people and not informing them that he was HIV-positive.

Michael Johnson has been charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV, and now, authorities say they have videos of some of his sexual encounters as proof.

“On that laptop were 32 videos engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johnson,” said St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar. “It’s safe to safe that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room; we know that because we recognize the furniture.”

Johnson was arrested back in October after one of the victims went to police to report what was going on. More victims have since come forward, and all of them have been tested. Many of the victim’s tests have come back negative while others are still awaiting results.

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"Obviously, for a victim to come forward is something that takes a lot of courage," said Lohmar. "They also have to know that they are going to be part of this public prosecution."

According to reports, around 32 different men are said to have been exposed to HIV at the hands of Johnson. It’s believed that Johnson met most of the victims on social media, which authorities say he is very active on. Johnson was initially charged with just one count of risking infection of another with HIV, but since October, he has been charged with four different felony counts.

Police are currently trying to identify all of the victims in the sex tapes.