An HIV-positive Pennsylvania man stands accused of cutting himself and deliberately bleeding onto a woman.
James Clinton Houser, 37, was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with a number of crimes, including aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, according to Public Opinion.
Police arrived on the scene after receiving a domestic violence complaint. At first, Houser told them he had been assaulted and warned them that his HIV-infected blood was all over the house.
The other party had already fled the house by the time police arrived. They were eventually able to locate her, at which point she described the terrifying incident.
She explained that she had gotten into an argument with Houser and that he became physically aggressive, pushing her into a chair and striking her in the face. When she attempted to stand up, she said Houser pushed her to the ground and picked up a glass fish, threatening to hit her with it.
The glass was broken, and Houser cut himself on it. He then allegedly sat on top of the woman and deliberately bled on her face, chest and legs. The woman still had Houser's blood on her while she spoke with police.
She said she stood up and was attempting to put her shoes on when Houser knocked her down and sat on her once again, spilling more blood on her.
After a further struggle, the woman was able to get in her car and drive away.
According to court documents, Houser spilled his blood on the victim "in sufficient amount to transmit the disease."
He is currently being held in jail on $100,000 bail and is set to appear in court Nov. 11.
The penalty for deliberately transmitting HIV is oftentimes severe. In September, a Georgia man with HIV was sentenced to 10 years in prison after having unprotected sex with two women he met on Craigslist, according to the New York Daily News.
James Allen Propes, who never disclosed his condition to the women, was convicted of two counts of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.