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Woman placed on probation for transmitting HIV to man

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A Sioux City woman was placed on probation today after pleading guilty to transmitting the virus that causes AIDS to a man with whom she was having a sexual relationship.

Leslie L. Flaggs, 46, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.

"I was HIV positive, and I didn't tell (the man) I was," Flaggs said during her plea hearing.

According to court documents, Flaggs engaged in a sexual relationship with the man from roughly Feb. 1 through April 30.

Abiding by terms of a plea agreement, District Judge John D. Ackerman suspended a 25-year prison sentence and placed Flaggs on four years probation.

Among the conditions of her probation, Flaggs must register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for 10 years, have no intimate contact with another person, continue her medical treatment and write a letter of apology to the victim.

Flaggs' case was believed to have been the first in Woodbury County in which a defendant was charged with transmitting the virus by sexual contact. In a previous case, a jail inmate was charged after throwing bodily fluids at a corrections officer.


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