Columbus, Ohio, Officer Resigns After Being Convicted of Spreading HIV
June 21, 2002
A Columbus, Ohio, police officer convicted of not telling a sexual partner that he has HIV resigned Wednesday. Last month, Chief James G. Jackson recommended the firing of Richard Thorpe, 46, who spent six years with the Division of Police as a patrol officer. Last week, a Franklin County jury convicted Thorpe of 12 counts of spreading a contagion, a second-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum three-year jail sentence. Thorpe's former lover, Jane Burris, said she had unprotected sex with him a dozen times, then later learned he is HIV-positive. The law requires people infected with a disease to take common-sense precautions to prevent exposing others. Thorpe will be sentenced July 12.Adapted from:
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