Pro Wrestler Gets 32 Years for 'HIV Assault'

Andre Davis didn't tell sex partners about disease
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2012 11:48 PM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2012 12:26 AM CST
Andre Davis talks to his defense attorney in Hamilton County Court in Ohio earlier this year.   (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Glenn Hartong)

(Newser) – A professional wrestler has been sentenced in Ohio to 32 years or having sex with at least 11 women without telling them he has HIV—or lying that he was healthy. Andre Davis, 29—who has wrestled under the stage names "Gangsta of Love" and "Sweet Sexy Sensation"—was convicted of felonious assault, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Davis argued in court that he's a "sex addict" who was too "scared" to tell anyone he had HIV, and that he didn't intend to hurt anyone. "I am a loving and compassionate man. I'm not a monster," he said. But a prosecutor called him a "manipulative man and a liar."

State law requires those who test positive for HIV to inform their sex partners of their status. Davis could have been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison. He was bounced by World Wrestling Entertainment when he tested positive for HIV in 2009. Davis plans to appeal his conviction, according to AP. Prosecutors did not reveal if any of Davis' sexual partners contracted HIV from him. (Read more HIV stories.)

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