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April 13, 2012

Federal Judge Upholds 50-Year Sentence for Iowa Man With HIV

A federal judge upheld a 50-year prison term for an Iowa man convicted of having unprotected sex with women while knowing he was HIV positive, USA Today reports. Adam Musser was convicted on four counts of criminally transmitting HIV for failing to disclose he has HIV to female sexual partners in 2002 and 2003. At the time, Musser had been diagnosed with the virus and was taking HIV medication. After the Iowa Supreme Court upheld his conviction and sentence, he appealed to federal court. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner said Musser’s 50-year prison term was reasonable, noting that Musser’s rights were not violated and that he repeatedly subjected women to health risks.

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Revolted, Toronto, 2012-04-17 18:34:48
Somebody can infect another person simultaneously with hepatitis C, herpes, syphilis,chlamydia and gonorrhea which is NOT punishable of any criminal offense. But when comes to HIV infection, 50 years!!!! This judge should be the one going to jail; it might give him the wisdom to reflect on the stupidity of the American justice system, and refresh his knowledge in terms of a fair judgment. Any normal individual would recognize that the disclosure responsibility should be shared between partners.

Lindsey, Iowa City, 2012-04-17 16:40:16
I think the fact that anyone would defend this creep is DISGUSTING! He did this to my friend when she was just starting her life and another friend of mine. So, his lie is their problem for life? He knew he had HIV and could have worn a condom NOT, they KNEW he had it and then chose not to wear one!

David Bush, colorado springs, 2012-04-17 16:06:26
i was exposed to it from a woman. she know she had it befor i even meet her. and did not find out till i had remarried to other lady. i came down sick and she did too. and they did nothing to her at all. and the other lady that i was married to know i have to give her medical for the rest off her life. and i'm all by my self in a wheel chair.

Stevey, Walhalla, 2012-04-17 15:50:33
So, as many people do in this litigious society, use this ruling to put someone in jail for coughing on him or her and giving him or her a cold?

PJ, Paterson, NJ, 2012-04-17 15:26:12
What about the person who gave Musser HIV ? Isn't that person guilty too? I got hiv because I was poked by a crackhead/junkie's needle? I was hoping against infection, but a few years later, go tested, bingo. What should I have done? What's done is done. It's not a death sentence, That is why there are miraculous meds for this illness. Free too if you don't have insurance from aids programs. It sucks but everyone who has it got it from someone else.

Keith, Portland, 2012-04-17 15:02:06
I was infected by a man that knew he was poz but lied about it to me. When I was diagnosed I was so mad at him all I could think of was prosecuting him. After thinking about it I realized that I was at least 50% responsible for becoming poz. I should have insisted that he wore a condom. I always disclose my HIV status even on dating sites. Even though we should all protect our partners by telling them they should also protect themselves. There are a lot of people that don't know their status.

Tuffie, Washington DC, 2012-04-17 14:44:11
Dawn ans Afred, so the women who willingly agreed to and HAD sex with this guy are not ar fault? All of a sudden they are not equally to blame for knowingly putting themselves at risk? Get a clue and place the blame where it belongs, in these women and this mans reflection. To only blame and punish one person of a two party crime isnt justice,

Michael, New York, 2012-04-17 14:37:06
That's an insane and severely cruel sentence,doesn't the willing participants in the sexual encounter share any responsibility for their careless actions. It is not as if this were twenty years ago the threat of aids exist in any sexual encounter . Why has the law chosen to place all the responsibility on one party. It has started to reek of a bias against the H.i.v community. With and without condoms even after informing partners people are being jailed and given life sentences.

fnord, USA, 2012-04-17 13:09:18
afred, you are full of it. It takes two to tango. If it were pure rape, sure, the story would have been different. However, the women knowingly put themselves at risk. When I became poz, I did not blame my partner because the burden of responsibility fell upon my shoulders. Should he have been sentenced? Probably. 50 years? No friggin' way. Were the women simple innocent victims, of course not. This is like blaming a man if a woman gets pregnant. Very sad that you remove blame from gals.

afred, outside USA, 2012-04-17 10:54:45
The remark that woman should not have been engaged in unprotected sex, is very mean, cos may man are "demanding" unprotected sex a so called flesh on flesh encounter. We, the HIV+ people are obliged to inform others about our status, regardless the consequences. I assume that this guy was afraid to get rejected and therefore kept his mouth closed. I agree fully with Dawn, that he needs an higher sentence because he put, willingly, the woman at risk.

Todd, LAS VEGAS, 2012-04-17 06:11:23
Where was the personal responsibility of the women? They should not have been engaging in un-protected sex.

Dawn, California, 2012-04-15 17:53:15
In my opinion, he should have gotten life. Musser KNEW he was HIV+ yet he knowingly exposed those women to a virus with no known cure. To me, that's premeditated murder, he planned it out to transmit a disease that would kill the partners he passed it to. I don't think 50 years is "reasonable", I think it's a travisty of justice...especially if even one woman was diagnosed positive.

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