Henrico man in HIV case sentenced to 18 months

Henrico man in HIV case sentenced to 18 months

MONTGOMERY CO., MD (WWBT) - - A judge sentenced a Henrico man to 18 months in prison for having unprotected sex with two women in Maryland and failing to tell them he was HIV positive.

Daniel Cleaves, 28, was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court on a charge of reckless endangerment, according to the AP. He was sentenced earlier this month. Cleaves wept during the hearing, saying that what he did was wrong and that he was sorry, the AP reports.

His defense attorney asked for his release, claiming none of the women have tested positive for HIV and saying a drug taken by Cleaves made tthe chances of spreading the virus through sex "next to zero."

Court documents show several women, including some in the Richmond-area, claim Cleaves sexually assaulted them. He does not currently face charges in Virginia, though Richmond and Henrico investigators have said the investigation remains active.

Court documents show a timeline of disturbing behavior and indicate investigators have been keeping a close eye on Cleaves for a year after several women said he sexually assaulted them.

According to the affidavit, the first victim met a man later identified as Cleaves in September 2013 while out in Downtown Richmond. She admits she was drinking and blacked out several times. She says he took her back to his home in Henrico and raped her.

Then in December of that year, another woman says Cleaves sexually assaulted her at her Richmond home after a night of drinking. She says she took a prescribed medication before bed.

In February 2014, the affidavit says the first victim found posts on the social media site Tumblr telling women who frequent bars in Richmond's Fan District to watch out for Cleaves. It says, "comments (on the website) reference HIV positive status."

Then in March 2014, a third victim says she was sexually assaulted by Cleaves at a hotel in Virginia Beach after meeting on a dating website.

The alleged victims do not indicate if they were aware Cleaves had HIV when they say they were sexually assaulted.

It was the fourth victim in Montgomery County, Maryland, according to the affidavit, who had "consensual sex" with Cleaves and found paperwork stating he was HIV positive.

According to a search warrant, investigators took medical documents and a prescription medication from Cleaves' Henrico home.

Henrico County's Commonwealth's Attorney had previously said there is a high probability of charges that would come in the form of a direct indictment.

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