Brookings man sentenced for exposing another to HIV
by Perry Miller
A former South Dakota State University student is sentenced to four years in
prison after pleading guilty to one count of intentionally exposing another person
to the virus that causes AIDS.
Nineteen-year-old Demetrius Colaites was given eight years with four years
suspended. He 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.
Colaites has had the virus his entire life.
His attorney says South Dakota laws unfairly treat the few hundred people in
the state who are HIV-positive. He says people from across the country reached
out to his client to show their support.
States Attorney Clyde Calhoon recommended a sentence of ten-years in
prison with four years suspended. The charge carries a maximum penalty of
15-years in prison.