SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged with infecting a woman with HIV and then offering her money to not cooperate with law enforcement.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that charging documents say 36-year-old Marcus Price didn’t tell a woman he had tested positive for HIV before having unprotected sex with her last year in Springfield.
He was charged under a state law criminalizing HIV exposure that dates back to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
The charge carries a possible life sentence, and lawmakers have been under pressure to rewrite it amid complaints that it’s outdated.
Price also faces a witness tampering charge.
Prosecutors say he’s “an ongoing danger to the community” because he recently posted a Facebook ad asking for cuddles.
No attorney is listed for him in online court records.