A state district judge on Friday sentenced a 42-year-old Fort Worth man to 15 years in prison for knowingly infecting a woman with the human immunodeficiency virus.
Jimmy Bernard Billingsley also admitted to keeping several other sex partners in the dark about his HIV status, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office.
Billingsley met the victim in 2009 when he coached her son's football team. The woman told police and prosecutors that he never mentioned he was HIV-positive, and they had unprotected sex numerous times.
In late 2010, she learned she was HIV-positive during a routine health exam. She immediately went to police, knowing she had been with no other sex partners.
When detectives found Billingsley, they learned he was diagnosed with HIV in 2008, the year before he started dating the victim.
During Friday's hearing, Billingsley took the stand in his own defense. During cross-examination, Billingsley admitted to having several partners since his diagnosis, but never told them he was HIV-positive.
"This defendant's intentional non-disclosure to numerous sex partners was egregious, dangerous, willful and malicious," said Assistant District Attorney Joshua Ross in a news release.
"He is truly a snake in the grass. His sentence brings some justice to his known victim and provides a measure of protection for so many others."
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