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South Dakota College Student Charged With Knowingly Exposing Woman to HIV Pleads Guilty
Nikko Briteramos, an 18-year-old freshman at SiTanka-Huron University in South Dakota who was arrested in April on three charges of intentionally exposing a woman to HIV, pleaded guilty yesterday in Beadle County Circuit Court to one of the counts, the Chicago Tribune reports. Briteramos, who is from Chicago, was the first person charged under a South Dakota law that makes it illegal for people with HIV to have sex without informing partners of their HIV status (Chicago Tribune, 7/12). In return for the guilty plea, which could result in up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, the court dropped the two other charges. Briteramos learned in March that he was HIV-positive after he donated blood. He had unprotected sex in April with the woman, who has since tested negative for HIV. State prosecutor Mike Moore noted that the plea bargain will "protec[t] the [woman] from ever having to testify in open court" (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/12). Sentencing has been set for Aug. 20 (Los Angeles Times, 7/12).
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