Darren Chiacchia in original booking photo from 2010.
Former Olympic three-day eventer Darren Chiacchia remains a wanted man after a court ruling on Wednesday.
Chiacchia’s public defender, Elena Rogers, asked the court to withdraw the defendant’s warrant and reinstate his bond. Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil denied the defense’s motion. Chiacchia tried to appear by phone for the hearing, but the judge denied the request.
Judge Stancil issued the arrest warrant on Friday after Chiacchia failed to appear for two pre-trial conferences.
Instead of being in the Florida court room, Chiacchia competed at the Bromont CCI*** in Canada. He is reportedly still in Canada.
Chiacchia is charged with felony unlawful acts prior to sex for allegedly not telling his former male partner he was HIV positive. In 2011, the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case was granted by Judge Stancil.
After the State Attorney’s office appealed the ruling, the Florida 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the lower court’s decision and remanded the case back for further proceedings in 2013.
The case is scheduled to go to trial next month, according to Assistant State Attorney Brad Robinson. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on July 28.
Chiacchia did not return messages seeking comment.