Another Preacher Sentenced For Knowingly Spreading HIV
Another former minister is being accused of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to the HIV virus.
According to WMC Action News, Rodney Carr was diagnosed with HIV in 2005; however, when he entered a relationship in 2010, he failed to disclose his status to his girlfriend, who is now HIV positive. Carr was recently sentenced to five years behind bars for the crime. But just one day after his sentencing, he filed a motion for a new trial. According to Carr, he was never notified by the health department of his diagnosis in 2005 and did not learn of his status until 2011.
Some are outraged by the short sentence that Carr received for spreading the potentially deadly virus, but prosecutors say that because this is his first felony, they could not impose max sentencing.
“This criminal exposure to HIV is a C felony, which means it’s punishable by three years to 15 years,” Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said. “Your standard criminal defendant, who has no prior felony convictions, is going to fall under that range one and that’s three to six years at 30 percent.”
Carr may only end up serving 1 1/2 years of his sentence and he will not be required to register as a sex offender. However, Weirich is hoping that the conviction will still send a message.
“He and everybody else inflicted with HIV need to be mindful of what the law in the state of Tennessee provides,” she said.
A hearing regarding Carr’s new motion is scheduled to begin on November 17.