Man accused of failing to inform partner of HIV status

HIV-infected Tallahassee man charged with failing to inform sexual partner
Posted at 9:05 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 06:29:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man has been arrested, accused of knowingly withholding his HIV positive status from a partner. 

Eugene Oglesby Jr., 42, was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Thursday for having sex without informing a partner of his HIV status. 

According to a probable cause document, Oglesby met the victim through an advertisement on an Internet-based application. After the victim had consensual sex with Oglesby, a friend sent the victim a picture of a Craigslist announcement.

According to the probable cause report, the announcement contained a screenshot of Oglesby. The posting said that Oglesby was HIV positive and warned he did not inform his partners of his status. 

The victim then contacted the Tallahassee Police Department. The victim told them Oglesby did not disclose his HIV status before or after they had sex and said they didn't use protection.

The victim showed investigators a picture of the Craigslist announcement along with a screenshot of another Craigslist advertisement Oglesby posted seeking sexual partners. 

In interview with investigators, Oglesby confirmed he was HIV positive and received his diagnosis in the 1990s. He was also able to identify the victim via a picture and said he believed they had sex.

Oglesby explained "he routinely engaged in casual sex with multiple partners he met via social media applications," according to the court document, but did not inform partners of his HIV status unless he was asked directly.

He admitted that he knew he was required to inform them, but didn't because he believed partners would change their mind and not have sex with him. Oglesby also told police he does not routinely use protection when engaging in casual sex.

At the end of the interview, investigators emphasized that he could be criminally charged for each sexual partner he failed to inform about his HIV status.

Though an investigation, officers confirmed Oglesby's diagnosis and per Florida Statute 384.24 (2), a single charge was issued.

He turned himself in on Wednesday and has since bonded out of jail.  

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