BRPD arrests man for intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS virus

BRPD arrests man for intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS virus

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a man who is believed to have knowingly shared HIV/AIDS with another person.

According to police, a 23-year-old male victim contacted them on April 21 saying that he had been intentionally infected with the HIV/AIDS virus by 23-year-old Christopher Ridgley.

The victim told police that he and Ridgley entered into a relationship in August 2014. The victim says that prior to beginning a sexual relationship with Ridgley he tested negative for the virus.

In early February, the victim went to a medical facility to take another HIV/AIDS test and was told that he had tested positive. When the victim told Ridgley about the diagnosis and requested that he take the test, Ridgley refused.

According to police, the victim then began hearing from friends and family of Ridgley that he was already HIV positive.

Ridgley's probation officer also told police that he admitted to being HIV positive in January 2014.

According to the victim, at no time did Ridgley disclose that information.

A warrant was then issued for Ridgley's arrest on May 27.

Ridgley was arrested Tuesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he has been charged with intentional exposure the AIDS virus.

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