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Married 'Pastor' Accused of Exposing 2 Women to HIV

A Clayton County man has been accused of exposing two women to HIV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

An Atlanta woman and a Union City woman claim Craig Lamar Davis failed to disclose he was HIV positive before he had sex with them. The Atlanta woman says she's tested positive for the virus. Now Davis has been charged with reckless-HIV and could potentially face civil suits as well.

The Union City woman reportedly met Davis on a social networking website, according to the AJC. Davis' online account allegedly describes him as a married pastor, but he denies that he's a pastor and claims he never had sex with the Union City woman.

The Atlanta woman claims she had been celibate for 15 years before beginning a sexual relationship with Davis. The woman reportedly tested positive for HIV in January and filed a police report in April.

Davis is currently facing reckless-HIV charges that could get him up to 10 years in prison, but he could face civil suits as well. Victims who were unknowingly infected with an STD often file sexual battery lawsuits against the person responsible. While sexual battery most commonly applies to situations of rape or sexual assault, it can also apply in situations where a person knowingly exposes someone to an STD.

If the HIV-positive woman files a civil suit against Davis, she'll probably claim damages for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. Davis may claim that he wasn't aware he was HIV-positive at the time of his relationship with the woman. He may also argue that the woman assumed the risk by having unprotected sex with him, thereby diminishing Davis' liability.

Craig Lamar Davis' attorney told the AJC this is one of the most bizarre cases he's ever handled. "I've been practicing 40 years and I've seen a lot of crazy situations, and this would be in the top three," Turner said.

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