Arkansas Man Admits Intentionally Contracting HIV To Infect Others

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Arkansas Man Admits Intentionally Contracting HIV To Infect Others

Koch, 25, of Scranton, Ark. pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to exposing another person to HIV, possession of methamphetamine with goal to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of meth and eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

This Monday, a Northwest Arkansas tribunal sentenced Stephen Koch to 50 years in prison after the prosecution managed to prove that the accused deliberately contracted the disease in order to infect other people.

Northwest Arkansas man with HIV was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

But this only fuels Williams to keep his education efforts in northwest Arkansas.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stuart Cearley said at a court appearance that investigators conducting the search found communications that led to them to believe Koch intentionally got HIV, then planned to lie to people about it.

Mark Williams, himself an HIV survivor, told a local news outlet that Koch blatantly "stupid" attitude ridicules all people who have had to endure this condition.

Williams says it's offensive that someone would do something so evil. "It's so unfortunate and bad when people have died just tried to live with this virus", said Burks.

"It empowers us and emboldens us to go forward because we know that our work's not yet done", said Williams.

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