Ital­ian sent to jail for in­fect­ing 30 women with HIV

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R- An Ital­ian court has sen­tenced an HIV-pos­i­tive man to 24 years in jail for in­ten­tion­ally in­fect­ing 30 women he had un­pro­tected sex with over nearly 10 years.

Un­der the pseu­do­nym "Hearty Style", 33-year-old ac­coun­tant Valentino Tal­luto se­duced dozens of young women on so­cial net­works and in­ter­net dat­ing sites, of­ten dat­ing sev­eral at a time.

Rome pros­e­cu­tors had re­quested a life sen­tence for Tal­luto but af­ter some 12 hours of de­lib­er­a­tion the court de­cided he should re­ceive a 24year sen­tence af­ter find­ing he did not cause an epi­demic by spread­ing a pathogen, which un­der Ital­ian law would have brought a life term.

Some of his vic­tims em­braced and burst into tears when the ver­dict was an­nounced, re­porters who were present said.

Out of 53 sex­ual con­quests known to have taken place be­tween 2006 -when he dis­cov­ered he was HIV pos­i­tive -- and his ar­rest in 2015, he in­fected 30 women with the virus, which dam­ages the im­mune sys­tem and causes AIDS.

The male com­pan­ions of three of the women were also in­fected, as was the baby of a fourth, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say.

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