A member of the Lindenwood University wrestling team was charged Thursday with exposing a sexual partner to the HIV virus that causes AIDS without the victim's knowledge.
St. Charles police said Michael L. Johnson, 21, also known as Tiger, was accused of the felony charge after a five-month investigation.
Police said Johnson and the victim, a 19-year-old male student, were sexually intimate at least twice, during which the victim contracted the HIV virus.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said after the charge was filed, a second man contacted police Thursday afternoon to report that he also had sex with Johnson. Lohmar said it's not known yet whether that man contracted the virus. By Friday morning, police had gotten calls from two additional people who may have had sexual contact with Johnson.
The activity cited in the criminal charge took place in Johnson's dorm room, police said. The victim said Johnson and the victim met through social media, police said.
Police said medical records showed Johnson was told he was HIV positive last January but didn't disclose it to the victim before engaging in sexual activity with him later that month. According to court records, the victim had asked Johnson if he was disease free and Johnson said he was.
The investigation began after the victim contacted police.
Detective Sgt. Todd Wilson said Johnson, who is from Indianapolis, no longer lives on campus and now has another St. Charles address. He was being held in the St. Charles County Jail with cash bail set at $100,000. http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/cri...ile_touch=true