Thursday, April 24, 2008

18 year old man charged with exposing 18 year old woman to HIV in Milwaukee suburb

An 18 year old student at South Milwaukee High School, on probation for another crime, was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangerment of safety after having unprotected sex with another 18 year old female student. Mark Brown was exposed by his aunt who he lived with. The aunt told the girl that Brown may be HIV positive, and the girl went to police, saying she would never have had sex with Brown if she had been told he was infected.

In an April 14 phone conversation, a South Milwaukee police officer asked Brown if he was HIV positive.

"Yes, I am," Brown replied, according to the complaint.

Brown said he had known for about 18 months. He denied, however, having sexual intercourse with the young woman.

According to court records filed this month in support of subpoena seeking Brown's medical records, a 16-year-old told police at South Milwaukee High School that she had sexual contact, but not intercourse, with Brown and that he did not tell her about his condition. The same court records indicate that the woman in Tuesday's complaint is 18.

The 16-year-old was not mentioned in Tuesday's complaint.

The human immunodeficiency virus is a life-threatening sexually transmitted disease that can lead to the development of AIDS.

Brown made his initial appearance Tuesday before Court Commissioner Rosa M. Barillas. He is a tall, thin man who appeared all the more lanky dressed in baggy orange jail clothing. Barillas set a cash bail of $1,000. As conditions of his bail, Barillas ordered Brown to have no contact with the 18-year-old girl and to advise anyone he has sex with of his medical condition.

According to computerized state court records, Brown pleaded no contest in 2006 in Racine County to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Less than a month later, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Brown was sentenced to two years of probation, one of the conditions being a requirement to stay in school.

School officials for the South Milwaukee district didn't respond to requests for interviews Tuesday.

The parent of a sophomore at South Milwaukee High School said he can see why administrators there aren't eager to comment, given that the sexual acts Brown has been accused of did not happen on school grounds.

"Something happened, and it's terrible, but it's not the school's problem. The school can't be the police for these individuals. Everybody looks for someone to blame, but the schools can't be responsible for that."

Second degree reckless endangerment of safety is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in a Wisconsin prison.

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