Exclusive! Ronita McAfee reveals details on her relationship with HIV-positive pastor, Craig Davis

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On Feb. 21, 2014, Pastor Craig Davis was sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly exposing women to HIV. Ronita McAfee, who is HIV negative, recently spoke to rolling out about her sexual relationship with Pastor Davis and the ordeal she faced during his criminal trial.

How did you and Craig Davis begin a sexual relationship?

I reacquainted with an old friend on Facebook, Mr. Craig Lamar Davis. He and I were full speed ahead with our relationship. But on Saturday, May 19,  that was our last time having sex. We had such a good time that Saturday morning. We vibed and laughed together that morning. He called me Saturday afternoon, a couple hours after we had parted ways to our jobs. He was crying like something was bothering him. It was like a child’s cry after they had been punished or hurt themselves. All he kept saying was, ‘I don’t want to hurt you. I shouldn’t be feeling this way, I don’t want to hurt you.’ Then he said that we couldn’t have sex anymore.

At what point did you find out he was HIV-poistive?

That following Tuesday, he called me around lunchtime like he normally does and said we need to talk. He was adamant about it being serious, so I became serious as well. I asked him what was wrong and what was going on.  That’s when he told me he had just gotten a phone call from an ex-girlfriend that told him she was HIV-positive and that he needed to get tested. He said I was the first person who came to his mind. That’s when my world went dark. It was at that very moment.

Did you know he was married?

During our first conversation after being reacquainted, he eventually told me that he was married. He doesn’t advertise it on his Facebook or wear a wedding ring. While we were talking, I asked if he was in a relationship. He hesitated for a while and said “Yes,” but [claimed] they were separated.

Did his wife ever reach out to you?

She called and it wasn’t a pretty conversation. He and his wife did not want me to go public or file any charges against him for doing what he did. After I filed charges, she called me to defend him regarding his HIV status and me filing charges against him. Mr. Davis filed a [temporary restraining order] against me in order to make me stay quiet. But I was adamant about him being off of the streets. I called the police and asked where they were in the investigation and getting him off the street. I got word that he was at Elizabeth Baptist Church off Cascade Road in Atlanta. I called 911 and let them know that he had a warrant out. I followed him to a Wendy’s where he decided to go in and enjoy a meal with his sons. The police arrived shortly and arrested him at that Wendy’s.

During the trial, how was it proven that Pastor Davis knowingly had sex with you and other women while HIV-positive?

First, they had to prove that he was HIV positive and that he knew he was HIV positive. Then they had to prove that we had sex and that he did not disclose his status. Those are the four things that had to be proven to the jurors. We discovered that he had AIDS and was diagnosed in 2005. They got court orders for his doctors to come and testify and things of that nature. These aspects of the case had to be presented to the jury over and over again.

What advice do you give to individuals who are having unprotected sex?

Anyone that is having sex, this can happen to you. There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about HIV [and] AIDS. It is best to know which tests are the most accurate and to hold yourself accountable for what you do and what you know. We never know what other people are doing.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

15 Comments
  1. smh. i don’t know what to say about this article. glad she didn’t have the virus, but where was his wife at when all this was taken place? just wondering if the wife has the virus also or was she just protecting her half of the church money he was bringing in while preaching.

    1. You sound SILLY, with all those QUESTIONS.

      This is a SIMPLE CASE of infidelity.

      Plain and SIMPLE…

      Ronita McAfee, did just like ALL Black Women, she liked what she saw and NOTHING else mattered.

      Why would you ask a Pastor AFTER having relations, “Are you Married, and she’s on Facebook, doing what EVERYONE knows is a DATING SITE and a site for REUNIONS for Past-HOOK-UP’s/relationship.

      She got what she deserved, in my opinion.

      1. damn bish you act as if i was asking you the questions… we are not talking about infidelity. my concern was the seriousness of aids and how he slept with 14 women and only got like 10 years when the women he infected are sentenced to life with this virus. and don’t speak for all black women, you sound stupid enough. all black women don’t date from facebook, all black women don’t date pastors, and she asked before she slept with him. then you say she got what she deserved? she is negative…. smh stupid bish

        1. @’So…I…Said

          Reading is FUNDAMENTAL…but also comprehending what you READ is most important.

          Your reply is full of incorrect statements and POOR grammar.

          Work on that, then get back to me.

          Thanks

          1. naw, i pass on that one, but i did however get a laugh out of your post, no need for coffee this morning, thanks a bunch nigg….lmao

          2. You are still talking in EBONICS…Speak and write with some type of formal education process…

            You did finish High School right?

  2. Wel I guess it didn’t bother her that she was screwing a married man in the first place…karma is all I can say, ratchet women, take responsibility for your own actions, she shouldn’t have been screwing another woman’s husband. Why is it that she wanted to go public about the affair only after the HIV scare. She wasn’t being public about her affair. This wasn’t about her trying to get him off the streets, she is pissed at herself for being so stupid and taking it out on him. He is not blameless in this either, he is an ass for cheating on his wife, but she was taking a chance screwing him in the first place. He told her he was married and she continued the relationship. Why is it that he is the only one who got punished? The wife should sue her for breaking up her family. It has happened before, a wife sued the mistress for breaking up her family and won. And by the way, I am a female.

    1. Please read the story carefully. Craig Davis told her he was married, but separated from his wife. He lied to her and made it appear as if he was heading for divorce. In the end, it was two adults who made a decision to be together

    2. Yeah, I figured. a scorned one too. I am not scorned. I have been with my husband for thirty years but I have 11 brothers and four sisters. Men do not tell the truth all the time… She should not have been having premarital sex. I’ll give you that. The man is a cheater and a liar. Do you understand, he was so angry at catching a dreadful disease, he used it as a weapon. Do you imbeciles believe this type of man would divulged his status before he gets and/or do what he set out to do. I quit. Don’t bother to answer. I will not check for your answer. You should be angry that there are men like that around. Especially one who acclaimed to have a relationship with God. I suggest, you go try to find the Lord yourself then you can tell me what he did was right. As for the wife, she knew. The wives always know. She didn’t care because she is angry herself and probably felt that she was innocent and let the others get the same gift she has gotten. She is just as cruel as him and should be jailed too.

      1. She did not have premarital sex SHE KNOWINGLY/SHAMELESSLY HAD SEX WITH A MARRIED MAN & a pastor at that!…really? She was ok screwing him until she thought she had HIV. If he had never told her that he had HIV she would still be screwing him today….still waiting on his divorce. Like I said ratchet, trifling women. Oh by the way , I’m not scorned, just sick of women claiming to be victims of their own selfish actions. He is serving a sentence , well deserved might I add. That is his punishment. I did not say that it was right for what he did. What he did to her and others was horrible, reckless and deliberate. But what is her punishment for sexually interfering with a family….a news article, attention, maybe a book or movie down the road? She doesn’t get punished, so I guess it’s on to the next married man and why not since there is no repercussions for her actions. Why are you attacking the wife? I’m sure she had no role in opening up that women’s legs for her husband. Or the others for that fact. Is she suppose to warn very woman that her husband is cheating on her with? I guess she should do what Ronita did and make a public announcement to all women not have sex with her husband because he has HIV. Ok.. I’m done.

  3. My dear Ronita McAfee, itis lesson well learned the next time you are to sleep with a man always do an HIV AIDS test, there is no way a man is going to tell you his status when he only wants to screw you and go, Be carefull the next time.

    1. Better yet ladies practice abstinence. too many ladies these days are willing to let their milk be tasted first. I learned as a young lady if you keep giving the milk for free, nobody would want to buy the cow.

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