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Jacksonville man arrested for criminal transmission of HIV

10:38 AM, Jul 5, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested 39-year-old Ernest Tyrone Ricks on an outstanding warrant for criminal transmission of HIV.

The victim alleges she was involved in a sexual relationship with Ricks beginning in July 2008 after they met at the Post Night Club.

In December 2008, when the victim went in for her yearly check up, her doctor informed she was HIV positive.  When she confronted Ricks about the virus he acted as though it was "okay" and told her that, "he must have it too, since they been sexually active together for the last several months."

On June 1, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Ricks. Sunday, officers working the Operation Safe Streets deployment located Ricks inside the Post Night Club and arrested him.

After his arrest, Ricks admitted he never told the victim about him being HIV positive.  He also told police he has been HIV positive for about the past 11 years.

Ricks is currently being held in the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility.  His bond has been set at $150,003.

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