HIV-infected man jailed again for unprotected sex
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An HIV-infected man who had unprotected sex with two women gave a tearful, rambling explanation before being sentenced to six years in prison Friday — his second such conviction.
“I feel sorry for them people — that I put that fear in them,” Ian Thomas Williams, 50, said after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
“My life is over. I’m going to get deported,” said the Trinidadian immigrant, adding he won’t get proper health care outside Canada.
This was the second time Williams pleaded guilty and was jailed for failing to use a condom or notify sex partners he had a virus that causes AIDS. In 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison. None of his partners was infected.
“He cannot put his sexual desires above the safety of people,” said Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon. After pre-trial custody is deducted, Williams must serve four years, nine months more.
This is the first AIDS disclosure prosecution to come to trial since last month, when the Supreme Court clarified, in the Mabior case, that people with low HIV virus levels, like Williams, need not notify partners they are infected but must wear protection.
Williams waited for this much-anticipated ruling before deciding to plead guilty, his lawyer, Stephanie Heyens, told reporters.
In the latest case, he met a self-employed woman in her 50s at a west Toronto bar over Caribana weekend last year, prosecutor Margaret Creal said, reading out the agreed facts.
Before they had sex, she told him she was paranoid about getting AIDS, but he never revealed his illness.
She later learned his wife had died of the disease and about his convictions in 2006. Emotionally distraught, the grandmother of six got tested for the virus. Fortunately she was clear, but she alerted police.
She now contemplates suicide and has nightmares he is trying to kill her, she wrote in a victim impact statement. “Ian pick (sic) me like he is hunting a piece of meat to kill. My sex life is over,” she wrote.
A divorcee he dated for six months, also in her 50s, described Williams as a making her feel loved and safe. Nonetheless, when she suggested they both get tested for HIV, he refused. In September 2011, she was shocked to learn he had been charged regarding the other woman. Luckily, she, too, tested HIV-negative.
But both she and the other woman are psychologically damaged, the prosecutor said.
“(I’m) still feeling dirty, scared, ashamed and uncomfortable going in my own room,” this woman wrote in her impact statement.