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Ohio Wrestler Gets 32 Years in HIV Assault Case

Tuesday Jan 24, 2012
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A former professional wrestler was sentenced Monday to 32 years in prison for having sex with women without telling them he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

Andre Davis, 29, was sentenced in a Hamilton County court on 14 counts of felonious assault. Davis, who wrestled using stage names including Gangsta of Love and Sweet Sexy Sensation, was convicted in November.

Prosecutors had said Davis violated state law by not telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status or lying to them.

Davis told the judge Monday that he was a "sex addict" and that his addiction grew worse when he lost his dream of becoming a professional wrestler after getting the HIV test results.

He said sex addiction is probably the worst addiction anyone could have.

"Drugs and alcohol are terrible, but sex is something everybody wants," he said.

Davis, who said he didn’t disclose his HIV test results because he didn’t want his family to know, said he never intended to hurt anyone.

"I am not a monster," he said.

Assistant prosecutor Amy Tranter had argued during trial that Davis should go to prison for a long time, saying the case was about his responsibility to tell the women his test results.

"He’s a manipulative man and a liar," Tranter said Monday.

Davis’ attorney, Greg Cohen, had argued that the state law regarding HIV and felonious assault is poorly written because it doesn’t require proof that there has been harm or an attempt to commit harm.

Cohen told the judge that his client was sorry for what he had done and that the women Davis slept with also had some responsibility for choosing to have unprotected sex.

The judge, citing medical privacy laws, had prohibited attorneys from bringing up whether any of the women was infected with the virus, which can be transmitted through unprotected sex.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that World Wrestling Entertainment told Davis in July 2009 that it wouldn’t hire him because he failed his physical and tested positive for HIV.

Cohen had noted during the trial that a company, not a doctor, told Davis that he was HIV-positive and that he did not think prosecutors could prove that Davis has HIV. But the state law requires those who test positive for HIV to inform their sex partners of that status and it was not necessary to prove that Davis is HIV-positive, Tranter said.

Cohen told The Associated Press that an appeal will be filed.

He said the constitutionality of the law "is probably going to be raised, and there are some legal issues regarding the admission of certain types of evidence."

Davis, who could have received over 100 years in prison, faces similar charges in Warren County, north of Cincinnati.

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Comments

  • LeNair Xavier, 2012-01-25 11:12:32

    ANY state that has such a law needs to change it. Because IT TAKES 2 TO TANGO. People need to stop passing the buck on their responsibility to themselves. And nowhere in this article does it say that the women asked Davis if he was HIV+, and he lied to them about it. And even if he did lie, where was these women’s responsibility to themselves to not insist upon him wearing protection? So should he have disclosed? YES! Should the women have asked? YES to that as well! And should the women insisted on condom use regardless of his answer? Another echoing YES! YES! YES!


  • Garry Breul, 2012-01-25 12:35:19

    I agree with you brother. It takes two to tango.


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-25 14:26:56

    LXTreme are we reading the same article? The article clearly states the following, "Prosecutors had said Davis violated state law by not telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status or lying to them." And let’s say these women took reasonable precautions. Condoms break, they slip off and they can spill. In these cases, condoms are no protection against anyone who LIED about their HIV status.


  • LeNair Xavier, 2012-01-25 15:06:30

    Anonymous, We are reading the same article. And I take your taking the name "Anonymous" as a way for you to hide behind the very the law that keeps alive the stigma of negatively branding people with HIV. And I’m well aware that condoms break. My feeling is IF it was discussed beforehand, He LIES, and a condom breaks, then he does bear responsibility. Until that point is made clear to me, I stand behind my original statement, and won’t change a single word of it.


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-25 17:52:49

    Oh my LXTreme. Just read your comment and your response to "Anonymous." Your ignorance is dangerous...what an intellectual lightweight with the logic of a jackass. Thomas


  • LeNair Xavier, 2012-01-25 18:00:49

    Thomas, I could care less of your narrow-minded review of my commentary. Because that narrow-mindedness you display shows you calling me what you know in your heart of hearts that you are.


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-26 05:40:34

    LXtreme. Im sorry you feel that way, just because a person make one mistake in the heat of the moment dont mean the other person has the right to take another’s life. Just because he got the shit end of the stick its ok to pass. Pleeeeese listen to yourself you sound very angry and hateful! SMH


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-26 05:46:42

    Lxtreme are you for real. Just because a woman or man make one mistake in the heat of the moment dont mean that the other person has the right to take the others life. You sound so angry and hateful. I just pray for people that think like you. SMH. God bless!


  • Anonymous, 2012-01-26 05:48:15

    Im sorry i didnt for my comments to be anonymous. Those Are mine.


  • LeNair Xavier, 2012-01-26 10:00:44

    Thomas and Anonymous, First off, I take offense to the possibility of you accusing me of ABMS (Angry Black Man Syndrome). For the fact is I am by no means angry and hateful. I am if nothing else RESPONSIBLE and I hold expects others to do the same and deal with the consequences of their actions when they don’t. I write the blog "L’s X-Ray Vision" and I have spoke of how things happen in the heat of the moment, and my own times of faltering in various scenarios. Therefore, it’s no surprise that I expect all parties involved to take responsibility for their part in making whatever outcome falls upon them, MYSELF INCLUDED. The problem with our society, and especially our gay community is that they refuse to take that responsibility for their own actions and the outcome. Instead, they are quick to blame the other person. Especially, if it is in someway permissible by law to do so, as this situation may very well be TO A DEGREE. So unless, you are willing to realize that and stop twisting around the humane reason for my original comment, you both can shake your heads until they fall off you bodies because you’re not using them for much anyway.


  • Steven Mccullough, 2012-01-27 17:15:25

    Hey LXTreme, Your Hot!!!


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