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Lindenwood Student Charged With Spreading HIV

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A mug shot of Michael Johnson, 22, provided by St. Charles Police.

A mug shot of Michael Johnson, 22, provided by St. Charles Police.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - A Lindenwood student has been charged with infecting others with HIV.

Michael “Tiger” Johnson, 22, of St. Charles was charged Thursday with “recklessly risking infection of another when infected with HIV,” a class A felony.

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar says several other people came forward Thursday.

“Based on new information we received as recently as an hour ago, there are other victims out there and we expect more victims to come forward so that’s obviously very, very scary,” he said.

Lohmar said the university is working to inform students about the threat. In an email to students and staff, university officials urged those who have had contact with Michael Johnson to seek medical advice and reminded students that the Lindenwood University Health Clinic offers free HIV testing.

Thursday’s charges follow a five-month investigation. St. Charles Police were contacted in May by a man who said he had been infected with the virus after meeting Johnson through social media.

Police say Johnson and the victim had sex at a dorm at Lindenwood after Johnson was told in January that he had contracted the virus.

Johnson was a member of the university’s wrestling team but was expelled from the school Thursday.

St. Charles Police have advised those who had contact with the accused to talk with their doctors. Other possible victims are asked to call detectives as (636) 949-3320.

Michael Johnson is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

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