BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - A Dexter man has confessed to having sexual intercourse with hundreds of men without disclosing a positive HIV test dating back to 2003.
David Lee Mangum, 36, of Dexter has been arrested by the Dexter Police Department and charged by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver with the Class A felony of Knowingly Infecting with HIV. The charge carries the possibility of life in prison.
Had no one been infected, the charge would then be a Class B felony of knowingly exposing to HIV.
The victim stated he wished to file a complaint against his former live-in partner, with whom he shared a romantic relationship. In July 2013, the victim received a positive HIV test from the Stoddard County Health Dept.
He stated the virus had been transmitted by Mangum.
The victim met Mangum through a Craigslist "men for men" ad. The two later met on Specialty Dr. for sex. No protection was used in the encounter, according to the affidavit.
The victim stated that he questioned Mangum prior to the encounter regarding sexually-transmitted diseases and was assured by Mangum that there was no issue with any STD.
Between Nov. 9 and June 2013, the two lived together in Dexter in two different locations along S. Elm.
In December, the pair moved into an apartment on S. Elm.
In June 2013, the victim ended his relationship with Mangum after learning that he had been sleeping with other men. Following the breakup, the victim received a call from Mangum's former roommate who stated that Mangum had tested positive for HIV in 2003.
The victim questioned Mangum, who then admitted to a positive test in Texas in 2003. He further admitted to having over 300 sexual partners since the test.
The victim stated that in the 15-20 times he had sex with Mangum, no protection was ever used.
Those names were provided to law enforcement as well.
Mangum was located by Mills on Aug. 26 and agreed to an interview.
In the interview, he admitted to the positive test and confirmed the figure of approximately 300 partners since the test.
He also estimated that he had between 50-60 partners in Stoddard County alone.
Mangum provided several names of individuals with whom he had unprotected intercourse.
"Mangum admitted he never disclosed he had HIV to any of his sexual partners in Stoddard County," according to the PC affidavit.
When asked why he had not disclosed his positive test to sexual partners, he replied, "Fear of rejection."
Mangum provided records of a positive test from the Stoddard County Health Center.
Bond was set by Judge Stephen Mitchell at $250,000 cash-only.
He remains in the Stoddard County Jail.