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Benford Makes Initial Court Appearance In HIV Case

Isiah Benford leaves the Vigo County Courthouse Tuesday after his initial hearing.

Isiah Christopher Benford entered a plea of not guilty for sixteen criminal counts including battery by body waste and violation or failure of carrier’s duty to warn. The 31 year old is under investigation for knowingly having sexual relations with at least four female partners while failing to disclose that he has HIV.

Indiana law requires a person with AIDS, HIV or Hepatitis B engaging in “high risk activity,” such as sex, to warn other people about the potential risk to their health.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts says the arrest came after a year of investigation.

“It’s one of the first the prosecutor’s office had, it’s one of the first cases we’ve had, it’s not a common investigation we do,” Watts says.

Benford is being held at the Vigo County jail on a $100,000 bond. He’s been incarcerated there on robbery charges since April 26, 2014.

Benford’s trial is scheduled for December 7th.

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