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Man charged for unprotected sex with women
  "Ten years later, HIV-positive man faces new charge in Oshkosh"
Associated Press April 7, 2006
OSHKOSH, Wis. - An HIV-positive man sent to prison 10 years ago for having unprotected sex without warning his partners faces a charge of doing it again.
Donald Hawks, 41, of Oshkosh, believed to be the first person successfully prosecuted in Wisconsin in such a case back in 1996, is expected to accept a plea deal when he appears May 3 in Winnebago County Circuit Court, Assistant District Attorney Doran Viste said this week.
Hawks is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, but Viste said he is expected to plead no contest to second-degree reckless endangerment.
Viste said he and defense lawyer Rebecca Castonia would recommend a sentence of probation.
"He's already spent close to 11 months in jail, so we would ask for time served as a condition," Viste said.
The criminal complaint said Hawks had sex in November 2004 with a woman he had met at an Oshkosh tavern. When she told him she generally did not have unprotected sex, he replied that she "did not need to worry about it," according to a search warrant affidavit.
The complaint said her friends later told her they recognized Hawks from newspaper coverage of the 1996 case, but when she asked him about it, he denied being that person.
The woman researched the case at the library and asked him again, and he admitted his health status but told her the HIV was "under control and that his blood levels were not at a contagious level," the court records said.
In the 1996 case, three women said Hawks had sex with them without saying he had the virus that causes AIDS.
He eventually pleaded no contest to three felony counts of reckless endangering safety and was sentence
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