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A Rock Hill man has been arrested for exposing a woman to the HIV virus and not telling her, police said.
Lyle Knox Jr., 50, was arrested late Monday after a four-month investigation on a charge of exposing others to HIV, according to police reports. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted under South Carolina law.
Knox is accused of not disclosing to a woman that he had HIV, said Capt. Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
South Carolina law has several requirements for people with HIV when it comes to having sex, giving blood or being an organ donor.
A person with HIV commits a crime in South Carolina if that person knowingly engages in sex with another person without first informing that person of his HIV infection, state law shows. An HIV-positive person also cannot share medical needles without informing another person about the virus, South Carolina law states. A person with HIV cannot sell or donate blood or organs, under state law.
Knox has no permanent address, Bollinger said.
“Knox did not disclose that he had the virus while they were together,” the report states.
Rock Hill police Det. Kris Quate obtained medical records after securing search warrants during the investigation, police reports show. Knox denied having HIV to police initially, reports state.
When Knox was being arrested Monday, he then told police he was positive for HIV and had been for about two decades, police said.
HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, can lead to AIDS. HIV is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The arrest in York County for the charge of exposing someone to a disease that could be deadly is extremely rare, police said.
Knox has spent stretches in South Carolina prisons after convictions that date back to 1989 for felony burglary, larceny, assault and battery, damaging property, and threatening public officials, according to online court records.
Knox was released from jail after his arrest on Tuesday after posting a $6,000 bond, according to police and court officials.