|Steven Boone is accused of deliberately infecting men with HIV. Police handout
Steven Boone admitted to having “bare” sex seven times — while lying about being HIV positive — with the teen he’s accused of trying to kill by infecting him with the disease, a jury heard Friday.
“I’m kind of in trouble with my roommates for f---ing a 17–year-old and not telling him I’m poz,” Boone, 30, admits in an MSN chat with another member of the “bug chaser” subculture.
“I told him I was clean,” Boone says in another chat.
The young man later tested positive for HIV.
A prosecutor argued in her opening address that the Crown can prove it was Boone who infected him.
Boone — who has pleaded not guilty — is facing charges including attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault in connection with six men the Crown charges he tried to infect with HIV from December 2009 to April 2010.
The evidence at his trial includes thousands of pages of MSN chats spanning when he learned he was infected in October 2009 — willingly by a fiance who immediately dumped him, he said — and his May 2010 arrest.
In the chats, Boone admits to “stealth pozzing” sex partners and gives graphic details about how to infect others.
He talks about poking holes in condoms with men who want to “play safe” and the “toothbrush treatment” to cause injury, boosting the risk of transmission.
He won’t take medication to control his HIV because “it’s harder to knock up boys if we’re non-toxic.”
In one chat, Boone tells a 15–year-old that HIV is “nothing to be scared of” — comparing it to diabetes — and most gay men want to be infected.
He apologizes to a man who discovered Boone was HIV positive after they had sex.
“I’m really sorry — this is all still really new to me,” he wrote, describing himself as “a nice guy with a big heart.” “I just didn’t know how to tell you.”
But three days later, he writes about “barebacking” with another man while insisting he’s clean.
Boone calls HIV an aphrodisiac, “like a natural sexual enhancement,” and writes about spreading his “strain.”
“My DNA is in your veins forever,” Boone tells one man. “Whenever I summon you, you must come.”
Boone was repeatedly warned in the chats.
“You know Steve that it is illegal to lie about your HIV status, right?” said one man, who later notes people in Ontario have been charged with attempted murder.
“Yes, I’m aware of that,” Boone responds.