- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A western Indiana man with HIV faces 16 criminal charges for allegedly having sex with four women without warning them he had the virus that can cause AIDS, authorities said Monday.

Indiana State Police charged Isiah Christopher Benford, 31, of Terre Haute with multiple counts of aggravated battery, battery by body waste, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, failing to warn and failing to comply. Indiana law requires people with HIV to warn their sex partners that they have the virus.

Benford tested posted for HIV in 2003, according to a health record at the Monroe County Health Department in Bloomington.

State police said they interviewed 11 females who reported they had sex with Benford. He either never discussed his HIV status with those sex partners or “taunted them with it and then claimed it was a ‘joke,’” court records said.

Court documents show three of the women have been diagnosed with HIV, according to WTHI.

Benford was with a person identified only as “Partner D” from 2003 to 2008, records said.

“Benford never told Partner D of his HIV status. Partner D later became ill and was diagnosed with HIV in 2010. Partner D believes she contracted HIV from Benford,” court documents said.

Benford told another woman with whom he had a relationship from 2012 until 2014 “that ‘she was stuck with him’ because he has HIV and no one would want her,” the court documents read. She was diagnosed as HIV-positive in April 2014.

Benford has been held in the Vigo County Jail since April 2014 on a robbery charge. It was not clear whether he has an attorney who might comment on the new charges.

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