More HIV victims feared after arrest

Steven Paul Boone was charged earlier this month with aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing...

Steven Paul Boone was charged earlier this month with aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing he has HIV when he slept with an 18-year-old Ottawa man. (Facebook photo)

KENNETH JACKSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

OTTAWA - A 22-year-old man has gone to police alleging he contracted HIV more than a year ago from Steven Paul Boone and didn't know it until a month ago.

It was during a moment of lust in May 2009 the man and a friend slept with Boone in Ottawa.

John, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, believes Boone infected him then with the deadly HIV virus.

The allegations suggest the list of Boone's potential victims could date back more than a year.

"I've traced it back and it couldn't have been anyone else," said John, who went to Ottawa police Monday.

Boone, 29, was charged May 6 with nine counts of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing he had HIV when he slept with an 18-year-old Ottawa man -- who was 17 at the time -- in January.

"This is going to worry people," the 18-year-old said of how long ago the latest alleged victim slept with Boone.

Boone has also been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault in Waterloo, where he and another infected man had a foursome with two victims.

Noel Simon Bowland, 24, of Kitchener was arrested and released with conditions.

Toronto police have information putting Boone in that city with more potential victims.

Police allege Boone found partners online and then had sex with them.

Boone allegedly told police there were at least several more men in Ottawa he had slept with.

Ottawa police aren't providing updates on the case or how many potential victims have come forward, but it's believed the number of victims could be in the "dozens."

John learned about a month ago he needed to get tested.

"I got a text from a guy telling me that (Boone) was HIV positive and I should get checked," John said. "That is when I found out. Boone never told me or the other person we were with. It's really sickening. It's kind of hard to deal with. It's something I never thought a person would do. I couldn't imagine not telling someone something of that seriousness."

The other man involved in that situation tested negative.

Hearing his test results were positive was a dark day for John.

"This is who I am now. It's a very big change. I don't think it could be worse than anything else. It's now something I have to deal with for the rest of my life," he said.

John takes part of the blame for having unprotected sex, and has had to worry if he infected anyone else during the time he didn't know he was HIV positive.

"My partner currently is negative. So that is a relief," he said. "From what I know now is I haven't (infected anyone else) and I would like to keep it that way."

Doctors told him if he had known right away they could have given him medication to kill the virus before it took hold.

Ottawa police urge all those who have had sexual contact with Boone to contact them at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

kenneth.jackson@sunmedia.ca


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