An Italian man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after he knowingly infected 30 women with HIV. California should take a hint from the sentencing as the state has just passed legislation essentially decriminalizing the act of knowingly spreading HIV by reducing the act to a misdemeanor from a felony.
Talluto, a 33-year-old accountant, was diagnosed with HIV in 2006 and afterwards took to social networks and dating sates under the pseudonym "Hearty Style" to find his victims. Talluto's defense attorney's argued his actions were "imprudent but not intentional" but the words of his victims say otherwise. Women who came forward against the man say when asked to wear a condom he would say he was either allergic or had recently been tested for HIV.
Well his words weren't too far from the truth as he was recently tested but his test results were not negative as his words tried to imply. When confronted by past partners who contracted the disease he denied that he was the carrier. As a direct result of infecting some of the women, another four people contracted the virus including three men and a baby.
Talluto tried to defend his actions saying, "Many of the girls know my friends and family," he said. "They say that I wanted to infect as many people as possible. If that had been the case, I would have gone for casual sex in bars, I would not have brought them into my life." The Italian judge thought otherwise and decided to sentence him to 24 years in prison after deliberating among themselves for 10 hours.
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