The day after Johnson received his status, he began having unprotected sex with various partners on and in the surrounding area of his college campus.
Only six of Johnson’s multiple partners came forward to charge him with knowingly infecting them with HIV and other STDs.
Most of the films have been recorded in his dorm room without protection. Charles Police Department believes Johnson’s partners didn’t know Johnson has HIV nor did they know they were being filmed. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar released a statement asking Johnson’s partners to come forward, telling Missouri’s media outlet KMOV: The St.
He was found guilty on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on one count of recklessly infecting a person with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a person with HIV and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV.
Johnson’s trial was three days long, according to and his mother, Tracy Johnson was in attendance along with his former partner, Dylan King Lemons.
Investigators believe he could have knowingly infected more that 30 people with the virus since October.
The two had unprotected sex during their relationship and Lemons believes he contracted the virus from Johnson.Lemons went to the police after he noticed Johnson had active profiles on several gay hookup apps and testified against him in court.Missouri state law demands people who are diagnosed with HIV to disclose their status to their partners, regardless if they use protection or take medication.Johnson was diagnosed by the Missouri Department of Health with HIV on January 7, 2013.This afternoon, Michael Johnson was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and may serve up to 60 years after being convicted on all five counts of infecting and exposing partners to HIV.
If Johnson’s sentences are served concurrently he will serve 30 years; Former college wrestler, Michael Johnson who is believed to have infected over 30 people with HIV, faces life in prison.