More reckless sex charges possible for ex-wrestler

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A former Lindenwood University wrestler charged with knowingly exposing five sex partners to HIV could face more charges after police found dozens of new dorm-room videos showing him having unprotected sex.

Michael L. “Tiger” Johnson, 22, was charged in October with exposing a sexual partner to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He was initially charged with one count of recklessly risking infection of another with HIV, but four more felony charges were later added. Johnson was kicked out of school the same day criminal charges were filed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that St. Charles County prosecutors said police have obtained 32 videos of Johnson. One is of an alleged victim that already has been identified, but it is unclear how many different people are depicted on the other tapes. Police suspect Johnson met many of his sexual partners through social media or on the Lindenwood campus. He met at least one of the five men he’s accused of knowingly exposing to HIV online.

According to court records, Johnson was told that he was HIV-positive 19 days before the first of two sexual encounters with his first alleged victim, a 19-year-old man.

Officials at the St. Charles County campus said after Johnson’s arrest that they planned to host an HIV/AIDS awareness speaker and provide counselors to it students.


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