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Man charged for exposing two people to HIV virus

Monti Ray Davis. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department Monti Ray Davis. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged for exposing two people to the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) virus, according to online information from Myrtle Beach Police.

Montie Ray Davis was arrested at 7:55 p.m. Thursday and charged with two counts of exposing another to HIV virus, according to online arrest records.

Arrests warrants from the MBPD state that after officers responded to assault references on two separate instances in the City of Myrtle Beach. The first was on September 26 and investigations ensued and showed Davis and another person engaged in unprotected sex between August 26 and September 25, 2015.

The victim became suspicious of Davis and searched for him on the internet, finding he had prior charges for exposing others to HIV. The victim then notified police and a search of Davis’ criminal history revealed that he had a prior conviction for exposing others to HIV. Medical records were also secured confirming Davis’ HIV status. Since Davis knowingly engaged in sexual activity with the victim without first telling them of his HIV infection there is probable cause to believe Davis did commit the offense of exposing another to HIV, violating South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 44-29-140, the warrant states.

The second assault officers responded to was on October 8, 2015. The investigation revealed the victim met Davis on an online dating site and they engaged in sexual intercourse between October 4 and October 6, 2015. The victim said they lost contact with Davis and later when searching his name on the internet, a match was found and showed he had prior charges for exposing others to HIV, the report states. The victim contacted authorities and Davis’ criminal history was searched again, showing his prior conviction for exposing others to HIV. Medical records were secured again validating Davis’ HIV status. Again, the arrest warrant states there is probable cause because Davis knowingly engaged in sexual activity with the victim without first telling them of his HIV infection.

According to the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 44-29-140, it is unlawful for a person who knows they are infected with HIV to knowingly engage in sexual intercourse without first informing that person of the HIV infection, knowingly commit in an act of prostitution with another person, knowingly sell or donate blood, organs or other body fluids, forcibly engage in sexual intercourse, or knowingly share with another person a hypodermic needle or syringe without informing them of the infection. This charge carries a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

As of Friday morning, Davis was still incarcerated at the Myrtle Beach Jail, and bond had not been set.

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