Man Gets 15 Years for Assault With HIV

Megachurch elder had unprotected sex without telling partner he was positive
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 9:00 AM CDT
An assault trial that was under way in Dallas unexpectedly ended yesterday after Nathaniel Tumbwe, who is HIV-positive, copped a plea.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Texas man charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—his penis—pleaded guilty yesterday, unexpectedly ending his trial. Nathaniel Tumbwe, who has said he is an African prince and a doctor, had unprotected sex with a fellow elder at a Dallas megachurch in 2008, knowing he was HIV positive. She did not learn his HIV status until weeks later, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Tumbwe agreed to a 15-year sentence, dodging a possible life term if prosecutors had pursued a second charge of aggravated assault. He will be deported to his native Zambia at the conclusion of his sentence. His victim is not HIV positive but must be tested annually for 10 years, Fox affiliate KDFW reports. "How dare you!" she said in court. "God is the judge and the righteousness shall prevail as it has today."
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