A man from Florida has been sentenced to jail for having intercourse without telling his partners that he has HIV.
Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, of Pensacola, was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in state jail, adopted by five years of probation, for 3 felony counts of getting intercourse with another individual without telling that person that he had HIV, based on a news release by State Lawyer Bill Eddins.
A penalty procedure hearing was held on April 10 to find out whether Bodiford ought to be considered a hazard to the public. Eddins stated it was the first time a penalty procedure hearing to find out the danger level of such crimes had ever been held in Escambia County and one of the first of its kind in Florida.
“Under the recent Florida criminal punishment score sheet for these three counts of getting intercourse with another individual without notifying that individual that he has HIV, Bodiford didn’t score in the range that allowed him to receive state jail as a punishment,” Eddins mentioned in the news release.
“Since Bodiford didn’t score permissive state jail, the one way for Bodiford to receive a sentence of state jail was for the state to put the question of Bodiford’s dangerousness to the public before a jury.”
An Escambia County jury discovered that Bodiford was indeed a danger to the public, and he faced the most sentence of 15 years in jail.
According to his arrest report, Bodiford had intercourse with the two ladies from September 2016 to October 2017 and lied about his situation to one of the ladies.