Maryland Man Purposely Infected Women He Met On Dating Sites With HIV
Detectives said that Rudoph Smith met his victims on different dating websites and apps.
FREDERICK, MD — Police in Maryland have arrested a man who they say knowingly transmitted HIV to multiple women he met on dating apps.
Rudolph Jericho Smith, 34, was arrested on Monday by the Frederick Police Department.
Detectives said that they received a tip that Smith was having sex with multiple women while knowing that he was HIV positive. This prompted a 21-month investigation, Fox 5 reports.
Detectives said that Smith met his victims on different dating websites and apps, including Bumble and Backpage.
Smith has been indicted on four counts each of assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment, and knowing transfer of HIV.
To knowingly pass on HIV is a misdemeanor in Maryland. Anyone convicted of violating the law faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $2,500 fine.