Man accused of intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS virus
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man accused of knowingly infecting another person with the HIV/AIDS virus.
Law enforcement said they were contacted by a 23-year-old male victim in April who said he had been intentionally infected with the sexually transmitted virus by 23-year-old Christopher Ridgley.
The victim told police he met Ridgley in August of 2014 and, prior to meeting him, he had taken an HIV test which indicated he was negative for the virus. After entering in a sexual relationship with Ridgley, the victim said he took another test in early February that indicated he was now positive for the virus. When the victim asked Ridgley to get tested, he refused.
Afterwards, the victim began to hear friends say that Ridgley was HIV positive, but the man never disclosed this to the victim, according to the arrest report.
During the investigation, it was learned that Ridgley was currently on parole for an unrelated charge. According to his probation officer, Ridgley admitted to being HIV positive in January of last year.
Ridgley was booked on a charge of intentional exposure to AIDS virus after a warrant was issued for his arrest last month.