McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury has convicted a martial arts instructor on trial over accusations he infected several women with the virus that causes AIDS.
Philippe Padieu of Frisco was convicted Wednesday in a Collin County court on six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors say Padieu recklessly and intentionally exposed the women to HIV without telling them. They contended his infected bodily fluids were the deadly weapon.
Defense attorneys said the 53-year-old Padieu was a ladies' man who was being prosecuted for his lifestyle. They argued it wasn't against the law for someone with HIV to have unsafe sex.
Padieu faces five to 99 years in prison on each of the six counts.
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