BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - More women have come forward claiming they were victims of an accused HIV predator in Buffalo.
A total of four women have come forward so far, saying they were unsuspecting victims of a man who allegedly hid his HIV positive status from them when they had sex. 20-year-old Darryl Fortner returned to Buffalo City Court Tuesday morning.
Fortner kept silent when he appeared before Judge Joseph Fiorella. His new legal team, led by Earl Key, did the talking.
Key said, "I'm not getting into specifics."
So far, four women have come forward, alleging Fortner had sex with them and didn't reveal his HIV positive status, the virus that causes AIDS. Last week, the mother of his baby told News 4 that he knew he was infected, but had sex any way.
She said, "There are other victims out there. He a whore. There are other victims out there."
The case is reminiscent of the high-profile 1998 case of Jamestown resident Nushawn Williams, who infected 13 young women with HIV. However, Fortner's legal team pointed out a big difference.
"Keep in mind, he plead to that charge, and was not convicted of it. And AIDS, or HIV, is not the death sentence it used to be. The death rate has gone down 95 percent since anti-viral drugs are on the scene," said Key.
But while HIV positive people may live longer, Chris Voltz of Aids Community Services says their quality of life is affected.
Voltz said, "The meds are good and you can live a long life with HIV for many people, but it's a difficult life. The medication regiment is challenging for many people."
Fortner's family declined to comment after his felony hearing was waived. The case will now be presented to an Erie County grand jury.
On Tuesday, Fortner was also arraigned on yet another felony count of reckless endangerment. He's now facing a total of four counts. His attorneys said that there are two sides to every story, and they can't wait to tell his.
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