Cops: HIV+ Man Knowingly Exposed Partners, Taped It

Videos dramatically increase Michael Johnson's alleged victim count

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2014 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The case of a 21-year-old Missouri man accused of knowingly exposing people to HIV became infinitely more awful last week, when police revealed that he'd allegedly secretly videotaped himself having sex with as many as 31 other people. Former Lindenwood University wrestling star Michael L. Johnson was originally arrested back in October, after one of his partners told police that he'd become infected, according to the Indianapolis Star. Four more men soon came forward. Police believe Johnson knew he had HIV, but didn't tell his partners, and didn't use a condom.

But last week, police revealed that they'd found a laptop with 32 videos of Johnson having unprotected sex with different people—only one of whom they'd previously identified, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV report. Based on the furniture, they believe the videos were shot in his dorm room. Police don't think any of the victims knew either that they were being recorded or that Johnson had HIV. They're urging those people, or anyone with information on the case, to come forward. Johnson has been charged with recklessly infecting another with HIV, and recklessly exposing others to infection, and faces up to life in prison.

Michael Johnson's mugshot.
Michael Johnson's mugshot.   (St. Charles Police)
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