Former SDSU student admits exposing another to HIV
by Perry Miller
A former SDSU student pleads guilty to one count of intentionally exposing
another person to the virus that causes AIDS .
Nineteen-year-old Demetrius Colaites was indicted last year by a Brookings
County Grand Jury. Additional counts of intentionally causing exposure to
the HIV infection and a misdemeanor offense of sexual contact without consent
were dropped as part of a plea deal.
The incident occurred at McCrory Gardens in late summer last year. Colaites
admitted not using a condom during consensual sex with a male student who
did not know Colaites was HIV positive. He also confirmed he is HIV positive.
States Attorney Clyde Calhoon says the state will recommend a sentence
of ten-years in prison with four years suspended. The charge carries a
maximum penalty of 15-years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
The judge ordered a psycho-sexual examination and a pre-sentence
investigation and set sentencing for February 25th.