Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil issued the arrest warrant without bond two weeks ago. Chiacchia failed to appear in a Florida court for two pre-trial conferences in connection with the felony case against him. At the time, the owner and manager of Team Chiacchia was in Canada competing at the Bromont CCI***.
After his arrest, Chiacchia refused to waive his extradition back to Florida. Chiacchia was represented by his attorney brother, Daniel Chiacchia, who told the court the defendant is not a flight risk. Senior Erie County Court Judge Michael D’Amico set Chiacchia’s bail at $10,000.
If Chiacchia returns to Florida voluntarily, the equestrian’s up-coming hearing in Erie County will be cancelled, according to Judge D’Amico’s law clerk.
Chiacchia was arrested in January 2010 after his former male partner alleged the international competitor didn’t disclose he was HIV positive. Chiacchia is charged with felony unlawful acts prior to sex. He pleaded not guilty.
In 1997, Florida passed a law making it a felony for those with HIV to not inform their sexual partners of their condition.
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.
Florida’s case against Chiacchia is scheduled to go to trial next month, according to Assistant State Attorney Brad Robinson. Jury selection is slated to begin on July 28.
Chiacchia bonded out of jail Tuesday. Stay with Rate My Horse PRO as we keep you up to date on this case.