January 9, 2013
Man Facing Hep C Exposure Felony Charge
John Cranmer, 31, a man incarcerated in Missouri who has
hepatitis C, is facing a felony charge for knowingly endangering a jail
employee after he allegedly smeared his feces all over his cell, according to a
report in the Branson Tri-Lakes News.
Already in jail and facing several other felony charges, Cranmer refused orders
to clean up his cell. “The jail staff did have to remove Cranmer from his cell
and send in an officer to clean,” according to the
probable cause statement. “This action placed the officer in direct contact
with hepatitis C.”
According to a felony complaint from Anthony Brown, assistant Taney County
prosecuting attorney, Cranmer committed a class C felony when he “knowingly
caused a corrections employee to come into contact with feces…knowing he was
infected with hepatitis C.”
Although hepatitis A is often spread through minute
amounts of fecal matter, hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact,
most often through needles or blood transfusions.
To read the Branson Tri-Lakes News article, click here.
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