A 31-year-old Texas man is facing 95 years in jail after spreading HIV to a 15-year-old girl. Matthew Louis Reese may possibly be spending the rest of his life behind bars after being aware that he is HIV positive and failing to tell the 15-year-old girl he had sex with.
The girl, who said she was a virgin when she began seeing Reese, became sick and spent two weeks of her 40 day stay in the hospital in a coma. While talking to Reese on the Phone, he suggested that she had “the symptoms of HIV.” The young girl did not think much of his suggestion because he told her that he was “clean.” She was diagnosed shortly after and contacted police.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Reese plead guilty in a Dallas courtroom to three charges including aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon for having unprotected sex, aggravated sexual assault with serious bodily injury and sexual assault of a child.
The girl, now 17, testified in court and informed authorities that she had not been sexually active nor did she know how to kiss before calling a chat line in December 2012 when she began talking to Reese. When they first met, she told Reese that she was 17, however, Reese found out she was 15 when her parents discovered them on the phone. According to Reese, the girl asked him to tell her parents he was 18 so they would allow them to continue talking.
The two later met in person at a movie theater in Dallas, where Reese pressured her into having sex, saying if she didn’t “it would make a man want to cheat.” Several months later, Reese was arrested on drug charges and sent to jail where him and the young girl kept in contact through letters.
According to court records, Reese has also been convicted for family violence assault, evading rest and resisting arrest.