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Henrico judge delivers guilty verdict to HIV positive man who didn’t tell partners

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 17:31:10-05

HENRICO, Va. –Henrico judge Gary Hicks found Daniel Cleaves, 28, guilty on charges of infected sexual battery.

Cleaves, who is HIV positive, was charged after having sex with partners in Central Virginia and not disclosing his HIV status to them.

The charge is a misdemeanor. Cleave was ordered to serve one year behind bars in the Henrico County Jail.

After that sentence is served, he will be transported to a jail in Maryland, where earlier this year he was sentenced to 18 months for similar crimes. He received a five-year prison term with all but 18 months suspended in Maryland.

The judge in Maryland also ordered him to stop having unprotected sex.

Fatima Smith, the YWCA Richmond director of community outreach and public education said women who have come into contact with Cleaves have resources that are only a phone call away.

“We do offer counseling services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Smith said. “It gives them an outlet to turn to whether it happened five minutes or five years ago.”

The YWCA urged anyone who might have come in contact with Cleaves and needed help, to call 804-612-6126.