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HIV-positive man convicted of child-sex assaults

A 47-year-old Upperco man who has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was convicted yesterday of assault with intent to murder and reckless endangerment in the sexual assault of his 9-year-old step-grandson.

This is the first Maryland case in which a jury has convicted someone who has the human immunodeficiency virus of child sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit murder.

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The Carroll County man -- who is not being named to protect the victim's privacy -- was convicted on all 10 child-abuse counts he faced in the 1994 assaults.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. revoked the man's $300,000 bond, which he had not posted since his arrest in November 1994. The man will be sentenced Feb. 1, and awaits trial on charges of sexually abusing the victim's brother, now 4.

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The mother testified that both boys were tested for HIV infection, but the results of those tests were not disclosed.

"We feel this is a trailblazing type of case," said State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes. "That's our objective, to set an example."

The man, who married the child's grandmother about two months before the incidents, was convicted of assaulting the boy in a bedroom of the couple's home and in his van in November 1994.



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