US college student Michael Johnson, who is HIV-positive, is being charged with secretly filming over 30 people during sex who possibly had no idea about his HIV status, or that they were being filmed.
The 22-year-old former wrestler, who was a student at Lindenwood University in St Charles, Missouri, is being charged with exposing people to HIV as early as October 2013.
A former gay lover of his came forward to police claiming he had caught HIV and gonorrhea from him. A month later, four more charges were filed against him for the same reason, according to New York Daily News.
In their investigation, police have recently seized Johnson’s computer and found 32 videos of him engaged in sexual acts with other men.
The St Charles Police Department have said that they are sure the videos were filmed in his room on campus:
‘It’s safe to say that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room; we know that because we recognize the furniture.’
Police believe the people in the videos, which were filmed over a period of four months, had no idea they were being filmed or Johnson had HIV.
Going by the alias of Tiger Mandingo, Johnson had up to six social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and two Twitter feeds, which he would use to meet people.
Tim Lohmar, St Charles county prosecutor, encouraged Johnson’s other partners to come forward: ‘It’s a matter not only of their individual safety but public safety as well.’
The university is working in conjunction with the police to help identify those in the videos.
Johnson could face life imprisonment if found guilty of knowingly infecting people with HIV.