A Memphis, Tennessee, dance coach was arrested for having sex with a minor and exposing him to HIV.
John Conner III reportedly began corresponding with the victim on social media, and they eventually met in person. They had unprotected sex, though Conner did not tell the victim that he was HIV-positive. The pair had sex multiple times and also exchanged explicit text messages and photos.
Conner was 26 at the time, and the victim was 16, WREG reported. The victim called police when he learned of Conner’s status.
Conner, a coach on the Lifetime television show "Bring It," shared his side of the story on Instagram after the controversy began.
“For those who [know] me [know] my truth and for those who don’t know me are subject to believe what you hear or read,” he wrote, Rolling Out reported.
Well, I am asking those that know me to make those who don’t aware of the type of person I am and the character I have. Yes, I have been accused of something that is so not true. And, yes, I turned myself in as soon as I heard I was being looked for. Notice I said I turned myself in. I have nothing to run from or hold my head down for. I am a child of God first and I’m human second. But at all times, I love me and my freedom too much to have done what I have been accused of. Does it hurt, yes, does it touch me of course, but will it get me down? No way. This is just another test I have to go through and another one that I will pass.
In a Facebook post, Conner admitted his HIV status and also revealed that he suffered from depression.
“I just found out I suffer from depression of not being able to cope the fact that I was giving HIV,” he wrote, Gossip On This reported. “YES I SAID IM HIV+, but I thank God for protecting me and KEEPING ME UNDETECTABLE!!!! This is a hard pill to swallow, but at the end of the day it’s something I have to deal with.”
Conner, who also admitted to attempting suicide as a result of the incident, turned himself in to authorities and was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and criminal exposure to HIV. He was jailed on $100,000 bond and later released.