Former pastor sentenced to 10 years in HIV sex case

8:39 PM, Feb 21, 2014   |    comments
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JONESBORO, Ga. -- A judge sentenced a man accused of not telling sexual partners of his HIV status to 10 years in prison.

Craig Lamar Davis was convicted on two counts of reckless conduct in January.

Police say Davis purposely neglected to tell two women, from different counties, who he was sleeping with in 2012 that he was HIV positive. His alleged victim in Clayton County said she engaged in sex with Davis several times before he called to tell her he had the virus.

Davis' primary physician Dr. Courtney Shelton, said he diagnosed Davis with HIV as early as 2005 when he came to the emergency room complaining of losing weight and suffering from pneumonia.

Several medical staffers at the Clayton County Jail said when Davis told them he was HIV positive when he was booked in 2009. He allegedly told them he had medications with him to treat the virus.

In 2012, a 46-year-old woman from Atlanta told police "she was abstinent for 15 years" until she began dating Davis. At her yearly check up, the doctor "advised her she tested positive for HIV."

The alleged victim in Clayton County told police that "the man she had been having sex with recently told her that he has HIV." In the police report, the victim said Davis told her "with HIV you can still live and it's not the end."

Before he was sentenced on Friday, Davis took the stand and apologized, saying that he wishes he could turn back time.

"I take full responsibility for everything that has gone on," Davis said. "My heart truly goes out to her daughters. Bad decisions. Very bad decisions. And I opened the door for a lot of people to be hurt."

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