Ervans Saintclair, a former police officer, was on Friday jailed for eight years in the United States for not telling his girlfriend that he is HIV-positive before having unprotected sex.
The 41-year-old was convicted in April of uninformed HIV sexual intercourse; a felony under Florida law that carries a possible 30-year sentence.
A doctor had testified in court that Saintclair was told in 2007 that he is HIV positive.
The victim also told the court she and Saintclair had a sexual relationship between 2009 and 2013. However, she, did not test positive for the disease.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the former Greenacres policeman apologized to the victim before he was sentenced.
Saintclair said in the statement: “I made some bad choices and because of those choices I am here.”
While pronouncing the sentence, Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer said: “Police officers are supposed to uphold the law and he put this individual in jeopardy numerous times.”
Saintclair’s ex-wife had reported him to authorities and provided names of other women her former husband had had sex with since he tested positive to the virus.