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Saturday, January 06, 2018 1:00 am

8 years in prison in HIV sex case

Dozens unaware of man's status

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An HIV-positive man who had sex with “an enormous amount” of people without telling them was ordered to spend eight years in prison.

Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis sentenced Temujin K. Lapsley, also known as Tim Lapsley, in a hearing Friday.

According to court documents, his sexual partners estimated he had had sex with about 300 people. He met partners at their homes, in hotels and at his condo, the documents said.

Fort Wayne police began investigating Lapsley after he was arrested in May with methamphetamine, cocaine, a scale and a glass pipe found in his car.

The investigation widened after police learned he was HIV-positive and had signed a “duty to warn” document in California in 2013.

Lapsley told police he posted ads online for sex and estimated he had sex with about 60 people since he was diagnosed with HIV, court documents said.

He was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and six counts of malicious mischief pertaining to infected bodily waste or fluid. He pleaded guilty to the charges in December.