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Former Lindenwood wrestler may have exposed even more to HIV

Former Lindenwood wrestler may have exposed even more to HIV

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY  •  Authorities say a man with HIV who is charged with having unprotected sex with five partners may have even more victims.

In October of 2013, Michael L. Johnson, 21, a former student and member of the wrestling team at Lindenwood University, was charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Johnson initially was charged with one count of recklessly risking infection of another with HIV, but in November, four more felony charges were filed. 

A police investigation revealed 32 videos of Johnson engaging in unprotected sex, prosecutors said Thursday. One is of a victim already identified. but it is unclear how many different men are depicted on the other tapes.

Police and prosecutors have reason to believe that Johnson’s sexual partners may not have been advised by Johnson that he was infected with HIV, and may not have been aware that their sexual relations were being videotaped.

Many of the videos appear to have been filmed on the campus of Lindenwood University. Johnson may have met such sexual partners through his activities as a student at the university or through social media.

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office requests that anyone who may have had an intimate relationship with Johnson or who may have information pertinent to this investigation contact the St. Charles Detective Bureau at 636-949-3330.

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