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4 More Alleged Victims Come Forward in Lindenwood HIV Case

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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) - Four more alleged victims have stepped forward in the case of a Lindenwood student accused of knowingly spreading HIV.

St. Charles Detective Sergeant Todd Wilson said that as of noon on Friday, four people have come to police saying they had a sexual relationship with 22-year-old Michael Johnson.

“We are lining them up with the investigating detectives to proceed with the interviews this afternoon,” he said.

The department doesn’t know if any of these potential victims have HIV, according to Wilson.

“We’re not positive that they’re students. They have just identified themselves as being in a relationship with the suspect,” he added.

Johnson was charged Thursday with “recklessly risking infection of another when infected with HIV,” a class A felony that is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

In an email to students and staff Thursday, 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.

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.

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