Man Arrested For Rape Reportedly Admits To Being HIV-Positive

| by Zara Zhi
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A Michigan man facing a rape charge reportedly made a shocking revelation on top of the already tragic situation.

Prosecutors said 48-year-old Lonnie A. Perkins of Saginaw, Michigan, told medical officials that he is HIV-positive after his arrest on Jan. 29, leading to further charges against him, MLive reports. He now faces four felonies.

According to the arrest warrant, Perkins raped a 51-year-old woman on Jan. 28 and knew he had the virus but did not inform the victim.

Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Boyd said the incident took place at Perkins' home. The woman had wounds on her face and bruises on her body.

Perkins is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of unlawful imprisonment, and one count of sexual penetration with an uninformed partner.

The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge carries up to life in prison with the possibility of parole, the imprisonment charge carries up to 15 years, and the HIV-related charge carries up to four years.

On Feb. 1, Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson entered a not-guilty plea on Perkins' behalf. Perkins is being held on a $100,000 bond while awaiting his Feb. 18 preliminary hearing before the judge.

In March 2015, 66-year-old Ashmay Rodriguez, a convicted sex offender, was arrested after allegedly buying a 16-year-old boy alcohol and having sex with him – without telling the victim he was HIV-positive, The Morning Sun reported.

In October 2015, Ira S. Task, 61, was arrested following a livestream allegedly showing him and another man raping a 6-year-old boy, Penn Live reported. Task has reportedly been HIV-positive since 1994.

Sources: MLive, The Morning Sun, Penn Live / Photo credit: MLive

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