Florida: HIV-Infected Man Receives Eight Years' Probation
July 25, 2002
An HIV-positive man in Deland, Fla., accused of putting a woman at risk by having unprotected sex with her while keeping his infection a secret was sentenced to eight years' probation Wednesday. Pedro Vega, 42, pleaded no contest to multiple counts of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse Wednesday, one day before he was set to go to trial. If convicted, he could have faced up to 30 years in prison. Circuit Judge James Foxman approved the plea deal, but said he did so only because the victim in the case agreed to its conditions. The woman said she had unprotected sex with Vega numerous times between 1994 and 2000. She has never tested positive for HIV. As part of his probation, Vega must complete 100 hours of community service, give a written apology to the victim and continue his HIV treatment and counseling.Adapted from:
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