Thomas Guerra, a 29-year-old man, has been charged with intentionally infecting 24 men with HIV.
One of the victims, who spoke to CBS News 8, has set out to warn others about Guerra, who also goes by the name Ashton Chavez. The victim claims to have dated Guerra for a year before finding hundreds of texts from Guerra bragging to his friends about exposing other men with HIV.
There’s hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of text messages where he’s talking about intentionally infecting people with HIV… Texts where he’s stating he’s negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his ‘positive load.’
The alleged victim discovered his ex was HIV-positive hours before proposing. “This is someone that I loved, I’ve loved his family, I’ve spent multiple holidays with his family, he’s been home with me to my family. This is someone that I intended to spend the rest of my life with.”
Guerra pleaded not guilty last week during a hearing in San Diego County Superior Court. Note, under California law, an individual “with any contagious, infectious or communicable disease who willfully exposes himself or herself to another person” is guilty of a misdemeanor. At the moment, the suspect’s maximum sentence would only be six months in jail and a fine of $1000.
However, as more alleged victims speak out, charges could be added at Tuesday’s hearing.