Man knowingly infected 15-year-old virgin with HIV

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A 31-year-old man knew he had HIV when he had sex with a 15-year-old virgin he’d met on a chat line – but she didn’t know until she became infected with the disease, a Texas court has heard.

Matthew Louis Reese pleaded guilty to three charges Tuesday, including aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon for repeatedly having sex with the girl without a condom.

Prosecutors requested he serves 95 years behind bars and Judge Pat McDowell is expected to make a decision on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Reese met the girl, who is now 17, when she called a chat line in December 2012 and when her parents caught them talking on the phone, he assured them he was 18.

The two embarked on a seven-month relationship between 2012 and 2013 and after they met at a Dallas movie theater, Reese persuaded her to have sex with him in his car.

When she told him she was a virgin and had never had a boyfriend, he said it was probably because she’d never had sex. He said if she didn’t have sex ‘it would make a man want to cheat’.

‘He told me he could see himself being with me,’ she told Judge Pat McDowell in court. ‘He was saying all the right things. He was telling me what I wanted to hear.’

Months later, Reese was arrested on drug charges and sent to jail, but he and the girl – who was still unaware that she had become infected with HIV – continued to stay in touch through letters.

She eventually fell ill, lapsing into a coma for two weeks and spending 40 days in hospital after her kidneys failed, and she was later diagnosed with HIV.

When they confronted him about his real identity, he did not deny it, she told the court. The family then called police.

The girl must now take medication every day to keep her viral load low.

‘There was a point…where I wished death on him,’ she said. ‘I didn’t deserve this. I don’t like him at all.’

Read more at The DailyMail Online.

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