Thursday, April 18, 2019
Maryland Man Knowingly Transfers HIV To Women He Met On Dating Apps
Frederick police arrested Rudolph Smith, 34, on April 15 after a 21-month investigation during which they determined that he had sexual relations with multiple women but failed to tell them he was HIV positive.
Smith is charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and knowingly transfer of HIV prohibited, according to the police department.
“The investigation started based on allegations that Mr. Rudolph Smith was actively having sexual relations with multiple females knowing that he was HIV positive,” said a statement by Frederick Police Department. “He was meeting these women on various dating websites and apps.”
“Detective Dewees identified and contacted several victims, and authored and received several search and seizure warrants. Evidence was presented to a grand jury, which resulted in Mr. Smith being indicted.”
Smith met several of the alleged victims through his dating profile on Bumble (a dating app in which the woman must initiate contact) according to the Frederick Post, and also on Backpage.
Smith also met women offline, police said, according to the Post. The investigation was sparked in July 2017 when a woman called police and said she tested positive for HIV after having sexual relations with Smith.
Police are asking anyone who had sexual relations with Smith in the past to contact them.