Man Jailed For Not Informing Sexual Partners He Has HIV

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An Indiana man was sentenced to four years in prison after he failed to disclose his HIV-positive status to multiple women with whom he had unprotected sex. He was initially sentenced to three years in prison in August, but now, after another charge was filed against him, he got an extra year added to his sentence.

Travis Spoor, 38, was first arrested in February 2016, after an ex-girlfriend informed police of his deception, according to Ink Free News. 

Spoor and the woman had met through mutual friends on Facebook and dated from Nov. 4, 2015 to Dec. 27 of the same year. The woman told police she and Spoor had a sexual relationship for about a month during the time they were dating. Spoor never told her he was HIV-positive. 

After a friend told the woman Spoor had HIV, she ended their relationship and informed police.

Ink Free News reports that Spoor was diagnosed with HIV in 2012 and signed a duty-to-warn in accordance with Indiana state law. HIV-positive residents of Indiana are required by law to inform sexual partners of their HIV status or they could face criminal charges. 

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After Spoor's arrest was reported, three more women came forward alleging Spoor never told them he had HIV before they had unprotected sex.

The first woman told police she met Spoor in 2007 or 2008 and the two had a long-term sexual relationship, according to WANE.

The second woman told police she met Spoor on the dating website Match.com, but didn't know who he was because he was using the fake name, Ray Hildeman.

Spoor and the woman reportedly met in person and had sex multiple times. The woman discovered Spoor's real identity after he accidentally left his wallet, including his driver's license, at her house. Spoor later confessed to using a fake name on Match.com and failing to tell the woman he has HIV. 

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Spoor met the third woman in 2015 on PlentyofFish.com, another dating website. Spoor was using his real name. 

The pair met at Spoor's house and had sex twice, according to the woman. 

Facing six charges of malicious mischief, Spoor pleaded guilty to three charges and in June was sentenced to three years in prison. 

Spoor was later convicted on a separate malicious mischief charge and on Nov. 22 was sentenced to an additional year in prison on top of his original three years, according to The Journal Gazette. 

A judge also ordered Spoor to pay $300 in restitution to one victim. 

HIV/AIDS patient advocates in Indiana say cases like Spoor's are rare and the state's "duty-to-warn" laws are unfair to those with the disease. 

"It definitely stigmatizes those with HIV, and the law isn't really needed because most of those who have HIV have learned how to disclose their status or protect against spreading it," Leeah Hopper, executive director of AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist told the South Bend Tribune. 

"This man in Warsaw [Spoor] was just being deceptive," she said. "And that's rare -- very rare." 

Sources: Ink Free News (2), WANE, The Journal Gazette, The South Bend Tribune / Featured Image: NIAID/Flickr / Embedded Images: The Journal Gazette, WANE

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