Man Appeals HIV Notification Law Conviction

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Plainfield man with HIV sentenced to 25 years in prison for failure to notify his sex partner he carried the virus is getting an appeal hearing before the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Nick Rhoades had pleaded guilty to failing to disclose his HIV status before having sex with a Cedar Falls man in June 2008.

His attorneys say the contact was consensual, Rhoades used a condom, and HIV was not transmitted.

Rhoades, whose sentence was reduced and he is on probation, claims he should not have been advised to plead guilty because he lacked the intent to spread HIV required to be proven by state law.

Lawyers are arguing the case Wednesday morning.

Rhoades, who had to register as a sex offender for life, wants his conviction overturned.
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