An Arkansas man admitted in court that he intentionally contracted HIV so he could spread the virus to others, according to reports.
Just think, had he been in California, he’d have been given a misdemeanor after Governor Brown signed a new law encouraging the spread of HIV.
Stephen Koch, 25, pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to expose another person to HIV, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. He also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and eight counts of child pornography.
Arkansas police originally arrested Koch on drug charges, but a confidential informant then told authorities that he was viewing child porn, according to the Gazette.
During a search of his computer, prosecutors discovered Koch had recently contracted HIV and was actively plotting to infect others with the virus.
In court, Koch admitted to his crimes and said his actions were “self-destructive,” according to the Gazette.
Cearley told Circuit Judge Robin Green that Koch was making plans to go out on a double date and intentionally deceive people about his HIV status.
“Just so I can get my brain around this, did I understand the state correctly; Mr. Koch intentionally contracted the HIV virus so he could then infect others?” Green asked Cearley.
Koch confirmed it was true and said his actions were self-destructive.
Green told Koch his actions also would hurt other people.
“Was that the reason?” the judge asked Koch.
“Yes,” he replied.
Green sentenced Koch to 50 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He must abide by a suspended sentence agreement for 10 years after his release from prison.
He will be required to register as a sex offender and must enroll and complete the prison’s sex offender treatment program.
The judge ordered Koch not to have any unsupervised contact with any minors.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 7th, 2018