HIV-positive Italian accountant jailed for intentionally infecting 30 women
Valentino Talluto, a 33-year-old Italian lawyer, has received a 24-year prison sentence for intentionally infecting 30 women with HIV. Talluto is believed to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women since being diagnosed with HIV in 2006. He used the pseudonym "Hearty Style" to find his victims on social networks and dating sites. The youngest of his victims was aged 14.
Talluto refused to wear condoms, said he was allergic
Talluto's lawyers argue that his conduct was "imprudent, but not intentional." When some of his sexual partners asked him to wear a condom, he either replied that he was allergic or that he had recently undergone an HIV test. Talluto denied having HIV when some of the women confronted him after discovering they were infected with the potentially deadly virus, which can cause AIDS.
Talluto's actions led 4 others to also get indirectly infected
Besides the women directly infected by Talluto, three men and one baby also contracted the virus as a result of his actions. A prosecutor said: "His actions were intended to sow death." However, Talluto disputed this saying he wouldn't have put so much effort into having real relationships and would've resorted to "casual sex in bars" if he wanted to spread death.