Boyfriend spat leads to HIV charge

Boyfriend spat leads to HIV charge


URBANA — An Urbana man’s argument with his boyfriend Monday resulted in him being criminally charged with spreading HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.

Tyaire Denninger-Bradley, 24, who lived in the 1700 block of East Florida Avenue, was charged Tuesday with one felony count of criminal transmission of HIV and one count of domestic battery, a misdemeanor.

Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Bennett said police were sent to the Florida Avenue residence Monday after the two men argued about posting sexual ads on Craigslist. Denninger-Bradley then allegedly picked up a half-eaten watermelon and hit his roommate, 43, in the head with it. There were also allegations that Denninger-Bradley spat on his boyfriend.

Police interviewed the boyfriend and Denninger-Bradley’s mother, Bennett said, who both said that Denninger-Bradley is HIV positive. Bennett said he was out on bond for the same charge of spreading HIV in a McLean County case, having been arrested last month in Bloomington for that.

If convicted of transmitting the virus, Denninger-Bradley faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy ordered Denninger-Bradley to have no contact with his boyfriend and to be back in court for a probable cause hearing Sept. 16. He’s being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.


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