An attractive black man with tattoos who claims to be well-traveled and to have a recording studio may be intentionally infecting victims with HIV, according to Georgia Southern University officials.
An anonymous report of the potential health danger led university officials to issue a warning to students to be aware of the danger and report it if they have possibly encountered the suspect.
“Georgia Southern University received an anonymous report of a potential health danger to our students that we determined to be a credible threat,” said Dean of Students Patrice Buckner-Jackson. “The university is taking action to issue a warning to our students about the potential threat from an HIV infected male. At Georgia Southern, we strive to teach our students to make informed decisions. The safety and well-being of our students remain our top priorities.”
The man is a black male, attractive, well-dressed and in his mid-30s but could pass for mid-20s, Jackson said.
He may portray himself as a “world traveler who has lived in New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He may also report living in smaller towns like Savannah, Statesboro, Augusta, Macon and Vidalia. He is masculine and dominant, has tattoos and sometimes wears glasses and/or facial hair,” she said.
The man may be intentionally infecting his sexual partners, mainly men, she said.
“While he has been known to target men, the subject presents a risk to anyone with whom he has intimate contact,” she said. “He has been known to approach a victim, gain his trust and move into the victim's home. He may tell the victim he has a recording studio and can assist with a recording career. He has also been known to claim that he works as an HIV counselor/assistant.”
Jackson urges students to observe safe sexual practices and be cautious in allowing others access to their living space.
“If you believe that you have been a victim of this subject, please call Capt, Terry Briley at the University Department of Public Safety at (912) 478-5234. There are resources available to assist you,” she said.
Intentionally infecting others with HIV is a felony punishable by law.
According to state law, knowingly engaging in sexual contact with someone without disclosing the fact you are HIV positive, using a hypodermic needle to intentionally infect someone with HIV, and donating blood or any other bodily fluid or organ without disclosing that you are HIV positive are felonies that could result in a maximum 10-year sentence, according to state law.
Committing these crimes against a police officer on duty could mean a prison sentence of five to 20 years.
GSU officials did not identify the suspect.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.