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Man accused of exposing hundreds to HIV

Posted at 1:12 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 13:12:54-04

DEXTER, Mo. (KTVI) – A Missouri man is making national headlines for allegedly exposing hundreds of sexual partners to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and not telling them.

David Lee Mangum is scheduled to appear in a Stoddard County court Thursday on charges he knowingly exposed a sex partner to HIV.

According to the L.A. Times, Mangum, 37, of Dexter, Mo. was arrested last week after a former lover tested positive for the virus and turned Mangum in to the police.

The victim, identified in court documents as D.B., met Mangum on Craigslist in October of 2012. D.B. says he questioned Mangum about having any diseases and he told him ‘no.’

Mangum’s ex-roommate allegedly told D.B. that Mangum had tested positive for HIV in 2003. The L.A. Times reports that Mangum admitted to Dexter, Mo. police that he’d had more than 300 partners since he was diagnosed 10 years ago. Police say he also admitted that he never disclosed his HIV positive status because of ‘fear of rejection.’

Mangum will be arraigned Thursday morning. He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond. Mangum could face up to 15 years for knowingly exposing someone to HIV and life in prison for infecting someone with HIV.