How an HIV Positive Woman From Iowa Ended Up on The $ex Offender’s Registry

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By: Krystle Crossman

Iowa lawmakers are looking to make a change in the way they run things dealing with HIV. Leslie Flaggs was given a 25 year suspended jail sentence and a 4 year probation period because the abusive male that she was with at the time went to the police saying that she didn’t tell him that she had HIV before they had already slept together. Flaggs said that she was afraid of him as he had hit her recently and she didn’t want to challenge anything that he said out of fear.

Although with the suspended sentence and the probation Flaggs was also given a spot on the registered s*x offenders list. She said that she felt like she was living in prison with no way out. She had contemplated suicide a number of times. Fortunately for her and others like her, the state is working on a law currently that would remove the criminal exposure part of the law and replace it with a more moderate sentence depending on whether the person knew what they were doing or not.

Around a month after Flaggs was sentenced, another person was given a bigger sentence for doing less than Flaggs had done. The current law carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. It doesn’t matter if the person did not contract HIV from the other person and it also does not protect against intent. Intentionally infecting someone with the HIV/AIDS virus is a very serious crime. Proving intent may be hard however. Advancements have come a long way in treating communicable diseases like this and with the new knowledge about how exactly HIV is transmitted, more and more innocent people will either carry a lower sentence or no sentence at all.

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  1. mark english on

    end the abusive black male sterotype, and take responsiblilty for you own behavior…you are either capitalizing on the false accusations of white supremacy or those men who are an example of the black male whose brains have been scrambled by white supremacy,i.e. white male supremacy and the black male scapegoat!!!

    • @Mark English….

      That’s what the jigga gets for thinking with his filthy low-life dick for brains / like a great number of no-good african american men when it comes to the black-woman… Its funky-a$$ degrading played-out characters like you who been fkn other brothers in the donkey-a$$ for years who have spread the virus to our black-women… Its stupid mutha-F’s like you who ruin it all for the Good character black-men. Yall donkey-a$$ fools stank so fkn bad you fog-up the whole [email protected] environment so that the good black-brothers & sisters can’t even find each other. Your a bad fkn apple mark english… your stupid donkey-a$$ is not the only one who can talk shyt and bring it you ignorant fool…

  2. She was wrong for exposing him to the HIV virus. Regardless of how “afraid” she was of him, she had no right to transmit the deadly virus to her mate. HIV is not the same definite death sentence that it used to be in ’90s, but it is a difficult disease to contend with. She should have done the socially and morally and legally right thing by disclosing her HIV status.

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