Colaites pleads not guilty to intentionally exposing others to HIV
by Perry Miller
A former SDSU student pleads not guilty exposing others to the virus that
causes AIDS .
Nineteen-year-old Demetrius Colaites has been indicted by a Brookings County
Grand Jury on two counts of intentionally causing exposure to the HIV infection.
The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 15-years in prison and a
$30 thousand fine. He's also charged with the misdemeanor offense of sexual
contact without consent.
The incidents allegedly occured in Brookings in August and September of
this year. Colaites is accused of not using a condom during consensual sex
with an 18-year-old male student who did not know Colaites was HIV positive.
He is also alleged to have had sexual contact with a 19-year-old male student
who was too drunk to give consent. Court documents indicate Colaites has
been H-I-V positive since birth.
His trial has been set for January 15th of next year. Colaites is being held on
a $20 thousand bond.