Three-day eventer Darren Chiacchia appeared in a Florida court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing. Judge Hale Stancil scheduled a trial date of March 2 in the criminal case.
Chiacchia is charged with felony unlawful acts prior to sex. The case dates back to January 2010 when the equestrian was arrested. Chiacchia’s former male partner alleged Chiacchia didn’t tell him he was HIV positive.
The case has gone through a series of delays including an appeal, dismissal, and reinstatement since Chiacchia was charged. He is represented by Paul Guilfoil. If found guilty, Chiacchia faces a maximum sentence of 30-years behind bars.
At least 35 states have laws that criminalize exposing another person to HIV — whether or not the virus is transmitted, according to ProPublica. In 29 states, the crime is charged as a felony. The law has been on Florida’s books since 1997.
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