A Florida man has been sentenced to two years behind bars after he had sex with multiple women without disclosing his HIV-positive status. At least two of the women were later diagnosed with the condition after dating 27-year-old Gentry Burns, of Port Orange. He would have continued his spree had an ex-girlfriend not alerted police.
- Burns pleaded no contest in court. While two of the same felony charges against him were dropped, according to WESH, Burns pleaded no contest to one count of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse. How on earth did he only get two years behind bars?
- The investigation of Burns began in October 2019. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, one of his exes told police she believed she got HIV from him after they dated in 2013. “The victim had been reaching out to contact other women who were dating Burns in an attempt to warn them,” investigators revealed. “She also provided detectives with the names of the other women she believed Burns could have infected.”
- Authorities believe there may be other victims out there. While only two women have been confirmed to have contracted HIV from Burns, authorities believe that the man, who was diagnosed in January 2014, “traveled extensively along the East Coast of the United States and may have had contact with additional victims in other states.”
- He’ll now spend two years behind bars. While that’s not nearly enough, that’s apparently all the judge believed he deserved. In addition, he’ll have to serve 12 months of probation when he’s released.