David Mangum of Missouri has been accused of exposing his partner and 300 other possible victims to HIV.
Here’s what you should know about him…
1. Mangum Has Allegedly Been Exposing People To HIV Since 2003
Mangum was recently arrested and charges with “reckless exposure to HIV,” according to ABC News. The charges were filed after his former partner went to police to file a complaint accusing Mangum of knowingly infecting him with HIV.
The couple met through a men-seeking-men Craigslist ad in October 2012. The two men moved in together in November 2012 but terminated in June when the victim discovered Mangum was unfaithful in their relationship, according to ABC News.
When asked, Mangum said he did it because of the “fear of rejection.”
2. Mangum Told Cops He Did It
When police interviewed Mangum on August 26, he waived his rights and admitted to having unprotected sex with the victim without disclosing his HIV. He also provided authorities with his health records confirming his condition, according to the LA Times.
Mangum is currently being held under a $250,000 bond, according to USA Today. He could face a life sentence.
3. But Mangum Pleaded Not Guilty in Court
Mangum appeared in Stoddard County court Thursday morning and plead not guilty to the charges of “reckless exposure to HIV.” Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver expects more charges to be files against Mangum, according to KFVS.
4. It’s Almost Impossible For Authorities to Track Down All of Mangum’s Victims
Mangum has told police that he has had over 300 potential victims since he was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, according to ABC News. Of those, 50 or 60 reside in Stoddard County.
But, according to KFVS, several other potential victims have come forward.
5. Mangum Appears to Be a Gamer
Aside from participating in unprotected anonymous sex solicited over the internet, Mangum also appears to be a big gamer. His Facebook page features images from the game called Bordlands 2 and World of Warcraft.
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