Idaho man to spend 30 years in jail for ‘purposefully’ spreading HIV to minors and adults

An Idaho man was sentenced to 30 years behind bars following “purposely” spreading HIV.

Ada County Sheriffs Department began their investigation into Alexander Louie in Aug. 2023, when a detective posed as a 15-year-old boy and began messaging him. He sent the prosecutor, posting as a “teen boy,” nude photos and promised to record a planned sexual meet-up, according to police.

The judge branded Louie as “the Webster’s definition of a predator” while handing down the sentencing for his felony charges, including for transferring body fluids with the HIV virus, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors explained after the sentencing: “Mr. Louie organized to meet up with the person he believed was the boy for sex, and was arrested. As the investigation continued, law enforcement uncovered that Mr. Louie, who is HIV positive, was not taking his medication, and purposely having sexual contact with both men and teenage boys in hopes to transfer HIV to them.

HIV can develop into AIDS if left untreated ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“He lied to these victims about his HIV status. Through the defendant’s own admissions, he had sexual intercourse with 30-50 different men and boys, including a 16 year old.”

Louie accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to three felonies, including sexual battery of a minor and enticement of child through the internet. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed six felonies.

Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts added: “This defendant’s repeated and egregious offences negatively impacted many people in our community. I want to thank the Ada County Sheriff’s Detective and my trial team. Their hard work on this case ensured Mr. Louie was brought to justice in order to protect our community from his predatory and dangerous conduct.”

HIV, also known as human immunodeficiency virus, “attacks the body’s immune system,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus is not curable and , if left untreated, can develop into AIDS, also known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which is stage 3 of HIV. The virus is commonly spread through sexual encounters and bodily fluid.

According to Mayo Clinic, “HIV is spread through contact with genitals, such as during sex without a condom. This type of infection is called a sexually transmitted infection, also called an STI. HIV also is spread through contact with blood, such as when people share needles or syringes.”

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