Crime

Louisiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Intentionally Infecting His Partner With HIV

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Christopher Ridgley of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been accused of intentionally exposing his unnamed 23-year-old partner to the HIV/AIDS virus.

Ridgley was arrested on June 16 after the victim told police that Ridgley didn’t disclose his HIV-positive status. When the pair entered a relationship in August 2014, Ridgley allegedly told the victim he had tested negative for the virus. The victim learned in February that he had been infected with HIV, WAFB reported.

When the victim told Ridgley about his diagnosis, he requested Ridgley get tested, but he refused. The victim later learned through friends and family members that Ridgley knew he had the virus before they began dating.

In January 2014, before the couple’s relationship began, Ridgley reportedly told his probation officer that he was HIV-positive. 

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Ridgley was booked into Parish Prison on one count of intentional exposure to the AIDS virus, The Advocate reported. He faces up to 10 years in prison doing hard labor and could pay up to $5,000 in fines.

Sources: The Advocate, WAFB, Louisiana State Legislature

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