Indiana man charged with donating infected plasma

(Provided Photo/WSBT)
(Provided Photo/WSBT)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Indiana police say a 31-year-old man has been charged with donating plasma even though he knew he’s HIV-positive.

WSBT-TV reports that James Darrell Williams of Elkhart faces four felony charges after donating plasma at BioLife. The charges include three counts of attempting to transfer contaminated body fluids and one count of transferring contaminated body fluids.

Williams had previously tried to donate plasma at BioLife three other times, but he was denied because of high blood pressure.

Police say Williams initially denied receiving positive HIV test results. A probable cause affidavit says he tested positive for HIV in 2009.

Police say Williams eventually told investigators that he donated the infected plasma because he was recently laid off and needed money.

Williams is being held in the Elkhart County Jail on $25,000 bond. A message seeking comment was left with the public defender’s office Friday.

Note: Williams’ mug shot is from a previous arrest.

 

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