A judge has ruled that New York State can try to detain Nushawn Williams, a convicted HIV-positive sex offender, beyond his completed 12-year sentence using the state’s recently passed civil-confinement law, The Associated Press reports. Williams transmitted HIV to at least 13 women. Under the law, the state can lock up an offender indefinitely if it proves the person has a “mental abnormality” and is likely to commit crimes. Williams is scheduled to face a civil-confinement trial in October.

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