JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man is accused of having sex and infecting two partners with the HIV/AIDS virus without telling them.
Taveres Newsome, 35, is charged with sexual intercourse without disclosure of HIV and criminal transmission of HIV. It's unclear if police are searching for more victims.
According to a police report, Newsome was diagnosed with the AIDS virus more than four years ago in 2008.
Doctors say there's no telling how many people could be infected, but according to investigators, at least two women have come forward saying they are.
According to the police report, one victim told police last month she'd had sex with Newsome three times since October. She was told by another victim three days later that Newsome was infected with the virus.
The report goes on to say Newsome denied having sex with one of the victims and said the other knew about his infection beforehand.
Newsome is being held in the Duval County jail with bail set at $75,000. No one was at his Northside home Wednesday for comment. Neighbors said they didn't know him.
Newsome has previously been arrested three times on drug and theft charges dating back to 2009.
This latest case is being investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit, and the police report is heavily redacted to protect the victims in the investigation. But it's obvious there is more than one victim in this case, and one local doctor fears there could be many more.
"The Health Department has means to get to some of the people who he has been around with," said infectious disease Dr. Omar Kawwaff, of Memorial Hospital. "If they had practiced unsafe sex, they would be high risk, so they need to be tested."
Kawwaff said if the suspect cooperates with investigators, it can be much easier to track down potential victims. Otherwise, it becomes more difficult.
"The list can only come from him if he cooperates or whenever people come forward when they know who he is, when people are aware who he is and they come upfront," Kawwaff said.
Channel 4 has received at least two different anonymous calls from viewers warning that there are more victims in this case.
If you think you are a victim or know someone who may be, call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.
Channel 4 crime and safety analyst Ken Jefferson, who worked in the JSO Sex Crimes Unit for four years, said investigators will make an effort to contact all potential victims. But he said that like a rape investigation, there could be other victims who they just don't find out about.
If that's the case, investigators try their best to get the information out to the public that those who have come into contact with the suspect need to get checked out.
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