CEDAR FALLS -- A Cedar Falls man is accused of exposing at least two teenagers to the HIV virus during sex acts initiated with alcohol and drug use.
Cedar Falls police could not say whether Guy Dell Sudduth, 41 1031 Maplewood Drive Apt. 5, infected the boys with the deadly virus or how he lured them to his apartment. Sudduth, whose alias is DJ Smith, is also charged with molesting a third boy.
Sudduth is being held at the Black Hawk County Jail on $650,000 bond. His initial appearance in Black Hawk County District Court was Friday.
Sudduth is charged with two counts of criminal transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and seven counts of third degree sexual abuse.
Court records show that Sudduth had knowingly tested HIV positive when he molested the boys. He swapped bodily fluids with at least two victims in a way that could transmit the virus, records show.
HIV, which develops into AIDS, often takes months or years before incubation sets in.
The boys, ages 14, 15 and 17, are named as victims under the pseudonym John Doe in court records. Records show that Sudduth allegedly molested the boys several times from August 2004 to March 2005.
Sudduth fed the boys alcohol at his apartment, where he also allowed drug use. When the boys became impaired, Sudduth had sex with them.
Cedar Falls Police Lt. Jeff Fitzmann said police started investigating Sudduth about a month ago, after one of the victims came forward.
Although police don't know of other victims at this point, they can't rule it out, Fitzmann said. They point out that Sudduth has traveled beyond Cedar Falls and have asked anyone with other information about Sudduth or his crimes to call them at (319) 273-8612.
Sudduth is not the first man to face criminal charges for exposing people to the HIV virus. In 2004, Jimmy Dean Stevens was convicted in Black Hawk County for exposing a teenage boy to HIV. He had met the 15-year-old in an Internet chat room.
Criminal transmission of HIV is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony with a 10-year maximum sentence.
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