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Williams v. State

Court of Appeals of Indiana

October 30, 2017

Stanley Williams, Appellant-Defendant,
v.
State of Indiana, Appellee-Plaintiff.

         Appeal from the Marion Superior Court Trial Court Cause No. 49G06-1607-F3-28635 The Honorable Mark D. Stoner, Judge

          Attorney for Appellant Valerie K. Boots Marion County Public Defender Agency Indianapolis, Indiana

          Attorneys for Appellee Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Attorney General of Indiana Ellen H. Meilaender Supervising Deputy Attorney General Indianapolis, Indiana

          ROBB, JUDGE.

         Case Summary and Issue

         [¶1] Following a bench trial, Stanley Williams was found guilty of failing to warn persons at risk that he is a dangerous communicable disease carrier, a Level 6 felony. Williams raises a single issue on appeal which we restate as whether the State presented sufficient evidence to support his conviction. Concluding the evidence is sufficient to support his conviction, we affirm.

         Facts and Procedural History

         [¶2] In 2004, Williams was diagnosed with AIDS and informed by a registered nurse of his duty to warn all sexual partners of his diagnosis. The registered nurse completed an "Adult HIV / AIDS Confidential Case Report" which features, under "Section XI: Post-Test Counseling [, ]" a question asking, "[h]as this patient been told of their duty to warn all sex . . . partners of this HIV statute prior to engaging in this behavior?" Exhibits Volume, Exhibit 1. The box labeled "Yes" following this question was marked with an X to indicate the patient had been informed.

         [¶3] On December 16, 2010, Williams met with a care coordinator/licensed social worker and signed a form titled "Duty to Warn" from the Indiana State Department of Health-HIV Care Coordination program. Exhibits Vol., Ex. 1. In relevant part, the paperwork stated, "[t]his form must be reviewed and signed at each quarterly review. The duty to warn laws, or IC 16-41-7, state that one must notify sex . . . partner(s) of his/her positive HIV or AIDS status prior to: [e]ngaging in any sexual acts . . ." Id. The form further explained that "[w]ith my signature below, I attest that the responsibilities under the Duty to Warn Laws in Indiana have been clearly explained to me." Id.

         [¶4] In 2014, Williams met R.B. and began engaging in sexual activity with her. During this time, Williams never informed R.B. of his HIV status nor did they use any form of prophylactic. During their relationship, R.B. never observed Williams seek medical treatment or consume medication related to HIV.

         [¶5] After a year, R.B. noticed strange marks on Williams' back and urged him to visit a doctor. Williams was soon diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of skin cancer connected to advanced HIV infection. Williams described the strange marks to R.B. as cancer only and still did not inform R.B. of his HIV-carrier status. Williams did suggest the use of prophylactics with R.B., but despite this gesture, never began using prophylactics.

         [¶6] In early 2016, R.B. found the medical discharge papers from Williams' Kaposi sarcoma diagnosis and discovered his HIV status. R.B. immediately visited a hospital emergency center and tested positive for HIV.

         [¶7] The State charged Williams with aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, and knowingly or intentionally failing to warn a person at risk he was a dangerous communicable disease carrier, a Level 6 felony.[1] At the bench trial, the State and Williams stipulated to the admission of State's Exhibit 1 into evidence, which included (1) a notarized Affidavit of Custodian of Business Records (2) the Adult HIV/AIDS Confidential Case Report, and (3) the signed form titled "Duty to Warn" from the Indiana State Department of Health. The medical discharge papers found by R.B. were admitted at trial as State's Exhibits 2 through 5. R.B. also testified concerning her sexual relationship with Williams. After the bench trial, the trial court found Williams guilty of failure to warn persons at risk he is a dangerous communicable disease carrier. Williams now appeals.

         Discussion and Decision

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