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HIV-positive man arrested for forced, unprotected sex and charged with attempted murder
 
 
  June 04, 2009,
 
By Chelsea Murray, National Post Toronto police are warning the public about a 46-year-old HIV-positive man who allegedly had forced, unprotected sex with a woman.
 
Carlton Davis was arrested this morning and charged with attempted murder, sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. Toronto police are also worried Mr. Davis, who was diagnosed HIV positive in March, had unprotected sex with others without disclosing his condition to them.
 
"The public safety alert is not in the fear that other women have been assaulted by him but it is the allegations of attempted murder that he is in fact having unprotected sex without informing," explained Const. Wendy Drummond.
 
"Without having any other victims come forward we don't know, but the information that we have is that the potential for multiple victims is there." Police aren't releasing details of the assault allegations, to protect the woman's identity, but are asking men and women who have had sexual contact with Mr. Davis to seek medical attention and contact the police.
 
"There might be other victims," said Const. Wendy Drummond. "Our concern is we want to put his picture out there. Maybe people don't know his name but might recognize his face if they had an encounter with him."
 
A Toronto man was charged Thursday with attempted murder after allegedly having unprotected sex despite being aware that he is HIV-positive.
 

HIV-positive Toronto man charged with attempted murder
 
BY AMY MINSKY, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
JUNE 4, 2009 4:57 PM
 
Carlton Davis, 46, of Toronto, faces one count each of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.
 
The suspect became aware of his HIV status in March 2009, according to Toronto police.
 
"We're dealing with somebody's health," said Const. Wendy Drummond. "This could ultimately lead to somebody's demise, to their death."
 
Investigators have released a photo of the man in an attempt to encourage anyone who has had sexual contact with him to seek medical advice.
 
Police have done this in the past.
 
"We make their names and images known to the public out of concern that they may have had relations with other people, and may have infected other people," said Drummond.
 
However, Richard Elliott, executive director of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto said notifications with charges and photos of suspects are unnecessary. "Police say they're public safety notices," he said. "But it's a police tactic. They're using the releases as an investigative tool, to build a case against the accused."
 
What's worse, he said, is that actions like this feed into the "very persistent stigma related to HIV and people with it. It creates this image of a person with HIV as a public-health menace. This just perpetuates the misinformation, fear, hysteria and prejudice that has always surrounded HIV."
 
Carlton Davis, 46, of Toronto, faces one count each of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.
 
The man may have been sexually active with both heterosexuals and members of the gay community, according to police.
 
He was scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Thursday.
 
In April, a Hamilton, Ont., man became the first Canadian to be found guilty of murder for spreading the virus that causes AIDS to multiple sexual partners. Johnson Aziga, 52, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault. Two of his 11 female partners later died. Last month, Sahand Mahmoodi, 28, of Toronto, was also charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly failing to disclose to a sexual partner that he is HIV-positive. Mahmoodi, who frequented Toronto's gay village, was diagnosed with HIV in 2000 and met the alleged victim through an Internet dating service.
 
 
 
 
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