|Published:||Aug 20, 2013 6:20 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2013 6:46 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Three different people have come forward to tell WINK News that James Redmond kept a secret. One that can put him behind bars for several years.
"He seemed like a nice guy, so I trusted him...I shouldn't have," said Steven.
"I was lied to. He said he was clean," said Joe.
We're protecting the identity of these men because they're afraid of retaliation.
WINK News exclusively showed the text messages from Redmond, claiming he's not HIV Positive. Then his story changed, when he said he only recently found out.
But we know that his lawyer provided Sheriff's Deputies with medical documentation, showing Redmond first tested positive in 2010.
"It's a case we don't see every day," said Joe Viacava with the Wilbur Smith Law Firm.
In fact, the Lee County Sheriff's Office says Redmond is first person arrested under these charges since 2002, as far back as their records go.
There's no database on how many arrests and prosecutions for HIV exposure happen in the United States. But according to our analysis of documents from the Center for HIV Law and Policy, there have been 421 arrests nationwide and only 19 in the state of Florida.
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