US airman gets 8 years in prison in HIV exposure case

January 20, 2011 03:22

WICHITA, Kansas — An Air Force sergeant convicted of exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties has been sentenced to eight years in military prison and will be dishonorably discharged.

A court martial judge found Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault and violating his commander's order to notify partners about his HIV status and use condoms.Lt. Col. William Muldoon delivered the sentence after a brief hearing. The airman had begged a judge not to discharge him so he could keep his military medical benefits.

Several people who participated in swinger events with Gutierrez and his wife testified this week that they never would have had sex with him had he revealed he was HIV-positive.

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