The trial for "Tiger Mandingo" is underway!
New York Daily News“He didn’t just fail to disclose” his status, assistant St. Charles County prosecutor Philip Groenweghe told jurors. “When he was specifically asked if he was clean... he lied.”
Johnson, who won the 2012 National Junior College championship before transferring to Lindenwood, infected two men and endangered four others before his October 2013 arrest, according to the felony charges.
The chiseled athlete was a sought-after sex partner, going by the nickname “Tiger Mandingo” on social media and dating sites.
Police confiscated his laptop and found 32 videos of him having unprotected sex, often in his dorm room at the conservative Christian college, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Johnson learned he had HIV, which can cause AIDS, in January 2013 but didn’t curtail his sexual exploits, prosecutors said.
A nurse and a state disease prevention specialist testified on Tuesday the former Indiana high school state wrestling champ insisted in follow-up appointments he wasn’t sexually active, even after he was diagnosed with gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Friends and relatives have described Johnson as barely literate and naive about his actions, and activists claim he’s been unfairly persecuted for suffering from a medical condition.
This has next-to-nothing to do with the main issue, but while I'm fine with local community colleges helping people build up their skills, can we stop admitting "barely literate" people into baccalaureate institutions (yes, private ones, too) exclusively due to athletic talent? Chiseled abs or not, "Tiger" would have a much harder time pulling this stuff off in his mom's basement.