Andre Davis, a Cincinnati wrestler who goes by the stage name “Gangsta of Love” was sentenced to 32 years in prison yesterday for having sex with women and not informing them that he had tested positive for HIV.
The 29-year-old was convicted in November when prosecutors said he violated state law by not telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status. On Monday, Davis told the judge he is a sex addict and that his addiction grew worse when he lost his dream of becoming a professional wrestler after contracting HIV. In July 2009,World Wrestling Entertainment told Davis they wouldn’t hire him because he failed a physical and tested positive.
Davis claimed he didn’t tell anyone about his status because he didn’t want his family to know, saying “I a not a monster,” but the prosecution shot back, calling him “A manipulative man and a liar.”
Medical privacy laws prevented attorneys from mentioning whether or not other women had contracted the virus from Davis, but his attorney argued that the state law regarding HIV and felonious assault is poorly written because it doesn’t require proof that there has been harm or an attempt to commit harm. After Monday’s sentencing, he told the Associated Press he would file an appeal on Davis’ behalf.
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Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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