BARRIE, Ont. — A local woman convicted for the second time for having unprotected sex with men without informing them she is HIV-positive was sentenced Friday to 39 months in prison.
Jennifer Murphy, 40, was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual assault. Her sentence includes three years of probation during which authorities will try to ensure she is practising safe sex. Her name will be in the sex offender registry for life.
Murphy, formerly from Newfoundland, was convicted in 2005 for having unprotected sex with a CFB Borden soldier. At the time Murphy was known to hang around the soldiers' barracks and the military sent out a nationwide alert asking other soldiers to get immediate medical attention if they had been with her.
Murphy served her house arrest in Newfoundland. In 2011 she returned to Barrie, where police caught her with her pants down having sex with a man in his car.
During the trial, three men testified they had unprotected sex with Murphy. Court heard Murphy approached the men with offers for "fast sex" but she didn't ask for money, although two of the men insisted and gave her $20.
Defence lawyer Angela McLeod argued the law is outdated and that because Murphy was on anti-viral medication her chance of spreading the infection was almost zero, but the judge disagreed.