Police: HIV-Positive Man May Have Exposed 300 Partners

Source: Melanie Eversley / USA Today

A local police department in southeast Missouri confirms the arrest of an HIV-positive man who published reports say admitted to having sex with hundreds of men without telling them his health status.

The Dexter Police Department confirmed the arrest of David Lee Mangum, 37, of Dexter, whose case prompted Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver to publicly urge anyone who has had sex with the suspect or with an anonymous male they met on the Craigslist classified site to cease sexual activity and get tested immediately for the HIV virus. Police say Mangum may have exposed more than 300 sex partners to HIV.

Magnum is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday morning at the Stoddard County (Mo.) Justice Center in Bloomfield, according to records on file with the Missouri Office of the State Courts Administrator. The agency says he was arrested Aug. 28 on a charge of recklessly infecting another with HIV when “knowingly infected,” which is a felony. Bond has been set at $250,000.

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