TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo woman is now behind bars, accused of soliciting sexual activity after testing positive for HIV.
A Lucas County grand jury handed down a three count indictment to Elizabeth Curtis Wednesday and she is now facing three felony charges, two for soliciting and one for engaging in solicitation after a positive HIV test.
Police reports show that undercover detectives caught Curtis offering oral sex for money back in September and then again in November. It turns out that she had recently been released from prison for doing the same thing back in 2009, when she was sentenced to four years behind bars and three years probation.
Dr. Tim Valko, a child and adult psychiatrist, says it is not uncommon for people to repeat the same crime they just served time for.
“For someone to come right out of jail or prison and do that again... obviously part of it is vengeance, part of it is anger, part of it is probably just ignorance... it's difficult to tell,” said Dr. Valko.
He also says a positive HIV test is unlikely to stop offenders like this.
“Part of it could just be the fact that they want to harm someone else... they were infected, this is their way of getting back at someone else,” said Dr. Valko.
Court records show Curtis has several other solicitation charges and was also found guilty of a drug paraphernalia charge back in 2005.
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