Oklahoma man arrested, accused of knowingly spreading HIV to 2 people

Man arrested, accused of knowingly spreading HIV to 2 people

TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma man was arrested this week on two different felony charges after investigators say he knowingly transmitted HIV to at least two victims.

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Court papers state Benjamin Whitney had consensual sex with the victims and didn't tell them he had HIV.

In one case, the victim reportedly said Whitney explicitly told him he was not infected with the virus. The victim didn't know he had it until he started feeling ill shortly after their sexual encounter and was tested by the Tulsa County Health Department.

In the second case, the victim reportedly didn’t know he had it until he was approached by others who told him he may want to get checked.

Court papers state Whitney was diagnosed with HIV in 2014 and received counseling regarding his test results, so he was aware he had it.

Whitney was charged in July and was arrested on Tuesday.