Police: HIV-positive prostitute faces charges
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A Lake City man has confessed to being HIV-positive after soliciting an undercover officer, according to officials.
Curtrick Brown, 23, is facing felony charges.
Under South Carolina Law, those with HIV have to tell their sexual partner that they are positive. Otherwise, the violation of that law is a felony.
"I love him dearly and he was at my home just the other day looking for a job," Eve Presley said. Eve Presley Brown's aunt.
Brown was dressed as a woman, working as a prostitute Wednesday, when he was arrested, according to officials. During his arrest, police said they learned Brown is HIV-positive.
"You've been charged with exposing another to the HIV virus, possession of a legend substance and prostitution, third offense," Judge Rangeley Bailey said.
Investigators with Florence Police Department started a prostitution sting using the website, backpage.com.
Police said Brown agreed to have sex for money. When the exchange was made, Brown was arrested.
During that arrest, investigators said they found a medication used to treat HIV on Brown's person.
Police say that's when Brown confessed to being HIV-positive.
The arrest Thursday is not the first time Brown has been arrested on a prostitution charge.
According to jail records, Brown was first arrested on a prostitution charge in November of 2010, then again in May 2014, and the latest arrest was made Thursday.
"We are familiar and we knew of his life style, but we don't approve of it. We have never approved of it; we always told him the right way," said Presley.
Brown told the court today that he is planning to go back to school and trying to get a job.
"I was trying to … I was trying to start working," Curtrick Brown said.
"Family always have problems that they don't tell others about. I wish he would have trusted us to let us know and try to help him. Instead of him tying to handle it in his own way," Presley said.
Right now, it's not clear if Brown is responsible for spreading the HIV virus.
"I do believe that he has learned his lesson and I believe that he wants to come in this time," Presley said.
If Brown is convicted he could serve prison time and face fines.
His court date is set in September.
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