BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - A Dexter man accused of recklessly exposing others to HIV has now been charged with 21 counts.
As additional victims have come forward in the case against Mangum, the new charges have been anticipated this week.
The charges were announced Friday afternoon by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver.
An amended complaint was filed in Stoddard County court dropping the initial Class A felony, and replacing it with 21 counts of the Class B felony of recklessly exposing another to HIV.
The new charges include 21 sexual incidents between Mangum and two additional victims, including the original.
Also attached to the complaint are two additional probable cause affidavits filed by Dexter Police Dept. Det. Cory Mills.
Each of the affidavits detail Mills approaching the victim and discussing their sexual relationship with Mangum. Both admitted to multiple encounters and both say they were lied to by Mangum regarding his HIV status.
One victim, who was mentioned in the original affidavit as the occasional "third partner," stated he is planning to schedule a test soon and is "concerned he would also be HIV positive."
Mills states that the victim appeared quite upset.
The other newly-named victim stated he met Mangum on an Internet website used by men to meet other men looking for sexual activity.
This victim allegedly stated that he "does not want to die from HIV" and that he has been extremely emotional since learning of Mangum's status.
All three victims have reportedly agreed to cooperate with authorities.
More charges are still possible as the investigation continues.
Mills has been interviewing affected individuals for the past week and said he has "four or five" more scheduled in the county.
Mills said he has individuals to interview in Dunklin County as well, and has spoken with people from surrounding counties.
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 a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26 before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield.