His own defense attorney described him as a "modern day casanova". His jury of peers saw him as a danger to society. Now Philippe Padieu will spend what will most likely be the remainder of his life in jail. Padieu will be about 98 when his 45 year sentence comes to an end, punishment for being found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon; the deadly weapon being his HIV infected bodily fluids. Mr. Padieu was convicted because he knowingly infected 6 women with HIV without having disclosed his HIV positive status. Diagnosed in 2005, he continued to have unprotected sex; infecting 6 women who had sex with him; intercourse as well as oral. One victim set the tone for the entire trial when she commented "I would rather have cancer than AIDS, because with cancer, at least you can tell people you have it."
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