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Additional victims come forward in Mangum case

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Statesman Staff Writer

Additional individuals have reached out to police after learning of the arrest of David Mangum.

Mangum, 36, was arrested Monday after his former partner went to the police after a positive HIV test. Mangum is charged with the Class A felony of Recklessly Infecting Another with HIV.

The charge carries with it the possibility of life in prison.

Dexter Police Dept. Detective Cory Mills said the case has kept him busy this week.

Since the story broke, Mills said he has interviewed six people affected by the case and still has more scheduled. He declined to comment on how many interviews remained.

Mills confirmed that two of the six he has interviewed do plan to pursue charges.

He declined to comment as to how many of those have tested positive.

Mills added that an individual can still press charges even if not found to carry the HIV virus.

If no infection is found, a charge of the Class B felony of Recklessly Exposing Another to HIV can be sought. It also carries a substantial penalty.

It is unknown when the charges will be filed by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, but will presumably be some time next week following the Labor Day holiday.

The first victim approached police Monday, Aug. 26, and stated that he had been lied to regarding Mangum's HIV status before their first sexual encounter in 2012. The two were in a relationship from Nov. 2012 through June 2013.

Upon being interviewed by police, Mangum admitted to having tested positive for HIV in 2003. He claims to have had 300 partners since being tested-50 to 60 of which he stated are in Stoddard County.

When Mills asked why he had not disclosed his positive test to sexual partners, Mangum replied, "Fear of rejection."

If you or someone you know has been involved with Mangum at any point, you are encouraged to contact the Stoddard County Public Health Center in Bloomfield at 568-4593 for anonymous testing.

Mangum is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Thursday, Sept. 5 before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield.

Judge Stephen Mitchell set his bond at $250,000 cash-only, and he remains in the Stoddard County Jail.

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