Why a pastor may only serve 1 year in jail for knowingly spreading HIV

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Rodney Carr served as an ordained minister at the Fellowship of believers in Christ Church in Memphis, Tennessee. However, while Carr was teaching his followers about the importance of good faith, he was putting sexual partners in danger by having unprotected sex.

According to Fox 6 in Memphis, Carr was diagnosed with HIV in 2005. But he continued to engage in sexual relationships without disclosing his status. In 2010, Carr began dating a woman and he never revealed his status. The two began having unprotected sex and the woman eventually contracted HIV.

Carr was arrested in 2012. But while out on bail, he set up a profile and an online dating site and began dating other women.

In the state of Tennessee, individuals who have sex without disclosing their HIV status to a potential partner could face up to 15 years in prison. But Carr had no prior convictions and was sentenced to five years in jail for his crime.

If he demonstrates good behavior while in jail, Carr could be released from prison in about 15 months. Carr has petitioned the court for a new trial.

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