|Published:||Aug 17, 2013 7:16 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 17, 2013 11:53 AM EDT|
Fort Myers, Fla. -- Late Friday night, Sheriff's deputies arrested a Fort Myers man accused of knowingly spreading HIV. Chris Cifatte and Corey Lazar have been working on this story all night. They tracked down one person who says he's now HIV positive, because he had sex with James Lee Redmond.
"It was about a week I'd been talking to him online," explains a man whose identity has been withheld. We'll call him Steven.
Steven wants you to know what happened the night he says he met James Lee Redmond.
"He seemed like a genuine nice guy, so I trusted him...shouldn't have," he says.
James Lee Redmond is facing a potential felony charge. Florida law makes it a felony to have sex with anyone and not tell them you're HIV positive, if you know you are. The penalty is up to five years in prison whether or not the other person becomes infected.
He has also gone by the name "Redmond James" which is how Steven knows him.
"Chris: He specifically told you he was tested two months prior? Steven: Yes. Chris: And he was negative. Steven: Well he said he was clean."
Steven's mom has been by his side through the diagnosis, debilitating bills, and draining emotions.
"He trusted the wrong person, and that's a mistake we're going to have to live with," says Steven's mother.
Both want you to hear this story, because they have something to say to the man accused of changing their lives..
"I say how dare you. How dare you not take anyone but yourself into consideration," says Steven's mom.
And they want you to hear their warning.
"You need to ask, 'Are you negative?' And you need to use protection no matter what," says Steven. "How do you know what you know?"
Redmond had his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning. He is being held on $50,000 bond and was ordered not to have any contact with his victim. He's due back in court in September. The judge increased bond from $30,000 to $50,000 because of the possibility of more victims.