A 28-year-old man from Henrico, Virginia is under investigation for some incredibly reckless behavior that may have severely impacted the life of a woman he had met at a bar. As the Daily Mail reports, Daniel Cleaves is accused of failing to inform the woman that he is HIV-positive prior to having unprotected sex with her on multiple occasions.
Cleaves had met the unidentified woman at a bar in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. It sounds like the pair hit it off, as they proceeded to have sex seven times over the course of three days. At some point, the woman decided to get to know him a little better, and she accomplished that by rifling through his backpack. She was stunned to find documentation that he was in fact HIV-positive, and she confronted him about it via text message.
“I should have told you... I am truly sorry, I am not a criminal. I am not a bad person. I just made a mistake. It doesn't mean you have HIV though,” Cleaves wrote.
The freaked-out woman saw things differently, and she informed him that she would be undergoing testing - and that he had committed a crime.
“I know. You can do what you want,” he replied.
She did just that and went to the police. The woman explained that he never offered or asked to use a condom, but it’s unclear exactly how insistent she was on him using one. He was arrested and charged with seven counts of knowingly having and attempting to transfer HIV to a victim. No word on whether the victim has tested positive for HIV.
Incredibly, Cleaves is also under investigation for the sexual assault of three other women, but no charges have been filed in those cases. Two of the cases stem from assaults after a night of binge drinking, while the third victim claims she was assaulted after connecting with Cleaves on an online dating site.
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