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Police arrest man for fourth HIV exposure

May 23, 2006

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Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson

A man already charged with three cases of HIV exposure in Douglas County was arrested on a fourth case this morning after a court appearance.

Robert W. Richardson II, 29, was arrested by a sheriff's deputy who was waiting for his court appearance to end. Richardson is expected to make a first appearance on the new case tomorrow, and his bond on the new charge has been set at $100,000.

In addition to the four Douglas County cases, Richardson has criminal cases pending in Emporia and Johnson, County, Mo.

He is accused of exposing several women to HIV through sexual contact. Two of the women in Douglas County have testified they met Richardson online through dating web sites.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Wednesday's Journal-World.

Comments

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, what gives with the bond?! Whatever his "deal" is, he's on a rampage. Keep him in jail.

He clearly has "female issues". A lot of men who are that way get there by having a mother at home who is of one extreme or another: either a controlling witch, or a constantly doting female doormat. If she's the second type, you can believe that she's coming up with the $10,000 in cash that a bondsman will require to come up with the $100,000 bond for junior. I once had a roomate like him: a borderline sexual preditor with a mom that he could manipulate like Play Dough. He'd push her buttons and get whatever he wanted.

Look at his photo. He's got "tormented" all over his angry face. He's not a safe person.

TeamPollution 9 years, 2 months ago

Holy crap... I actually met that guy when he was working for KDHE. He seemed like a nice guy from the couple of times I talked to him. Guess you can never be sure of what lurks beneath the surface....

Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

I just can't understand this. Why would a person do this to innocent people? It's almost like having six months to live (cancer?) and just killing for no reason. I hope for his shake there is no hell. But I am not sure slowing dying of Aids in prison alone isn't hell.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion:

Talsyn Silverleaf? I'm guessing this guy has spent too many hours playing D&D.

artwhore 9 years, 2 months ago

yea, ask Magic Johnson about how he likes being dead, since he's supposedly had HIV for 20+ years

HIV does not = AIDS

learn the truth you nutbag.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Neither HIV nor AIDS is invariably fatal and you actually have to "kill someone to death" before you can be charged above attempted murder. That aside, I completely agree with Marion's and many many others expressed sentiments.

And as mad as I am this mentally and physically diseased piece of biowaste, I am almost as mad at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, who places an employee who poses a serious threat to human life on "paid leave". I bet had he stepped on a endangered frog in the Lawrence Swamp, he'd been fired on the spot!

Please remember where your tax dollars are going the next time the State ask for more money. They have plenty of money and tax revenues are near an all time high, they just spend it foolishly and their priorities are incredibly screwed up.

jedipalooza 9 years, 2 months ago

I'm assuming he didn't rape these people. The victims need to assume some responsibility for having sex with a stranger. Casual sex has consequences.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion- That report is over 10 years old and you might want to check more current figures.

While casual sex does have risks associated with it, this piece of infected puss assumed none that risk after he was infected, the risk was all on his partners! I wonder how many of those partners would have taken that risk had they known what he knew. Seriously a bullet to the back of his neck would be too good for him.

bytheway 9 years, 2 months ago

Oh my goodness. He looks like someone who was at one time dating a friend of mine whom I grew up with. I hope it isn't cause if it is, he has been to my house. I have no problem with what he has but what he has been doing with his equipment due to what he has. People who do that sick kind of stuff need some kind of help.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

On-line dating is becoming on-line-anonymous-sexual-escapades. I'm not saying all of it is that way (making generalized statements on this site will get you ripped a new one), but it seems that it's increasingly the place where people go to find fake intimacy through sex with strangers. I'm surprised that there are not more people losing their lives with this stuff.

KSChick1 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion, I am dying to know what was in the post that got removed above!

Centrist 9 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Marion every step of the way ... IMHO this b*stard is a "serial" (attempted) murderer.

Why can't the law see that? Don't murder attempts draw a larger bond? OR incarceration while the trial is pending??

WTF is wrong with our system?

GardenMomma 9 years, 2 months ago

I thought he was NOT getting a paid leave of absence. That's what I had heard.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

The hard truth is Robert W. Richardson is a stright white male. He was least likely to have HIV. So why not trust a guy who must be very charming online and in-person.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

Is Marion gonna be on TV? Pop some popcorn, and call the kids in from the yard.

SRJ: What makes HIV so dangerous is the fact that we pay too much attention to stereotypes. Not every infected person is going to fit the "crack ho" stereotype. My guess is that a lot of very clean-looking people are infected.

xenophonschild 9 years, 2 months ago

This dude is one sick puppy. Sounds like he wants his mommy to comfort him, tell him everything's alright.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

Example..Florida HIV+ cases...Whites 1 out of 346, Hispanics 1 out of 176, Blacks 1 out of 46

Blacks make up 12% of the US population, but are 48% of HIV+ cases. That's where the stereotypes comes from.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion- Great article from the NYTimes, but I don't want to wait up to two decades before we can charge this guy with murder, a death penalty case. I didn't mean to imply that AIDS is not serious, oh you understand what Im saying, anyway.....

On the other hand the most likely causes of death according National Vital Statistics Report, Volume 53, Number 5 (October 2004) are:

(1) Diseases of the heart 28.5% (2) Malignant neoplasms 22.8% (3) Cerebrovascular disease 6.7% (4) Chronic respiratory disease 5.1% (5) Unintentional injuries 4.4% (6) Diabetes mellitus 3.0% (7) Influenza and pneumonia 2.7% (8) Alzheimer's Disease 2.4% (9) Nephritis and Nephrosis 1.7% (10) Septicemia 1.4% (11) Intentional self-harm 1.3% (12) Chronic Liver/Cirrhosis 1.1% (13) Essential Hypertension 0.8% (14) Assault 0.7% (15) All other causes 7.4% http://www.benbest.com/lifeext/causes.html

I guess it is possible that the 2022 report may show the AIDS case contracted today at a higher percentage as those people eventually die....

Rebecca Valburg 9 years, 2 months ago

And again rain down the assumptions that the women accusing this guy were practicing casual sex, not using protection, etc - pretty much anything we can come up with to make it at least in part the fault of the women involved.

Until the facts come out, let's not point fingers at these women. Unless you psychotically follow your loved one around 24 hours a day, there's a degree of trust involved that they are doing what they say, going where they say, etc. Are the women that find themselves married to someone who has lied to have another relationship or even marry another simultaneously in another state irresponsible for not using condoms with their husbands at all times? Not once have I seen a report that these were one-night stands.

No one's going to put themselves willingly on a witness stand in front of their friends and family to say "well, I think it was this guy, but then again, I had sex with six others that week, so I can't be sure."

Furthermore, the details of these women's relationships with the accused should be irrelevant. You can't bring a gun to the bar and shoot every female that offers to go home with you, nor was it okay for him to knowingly try to infect these girls.

Liberty 9 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps this individual misunderstood his status at work and thought that he was put on unpaid abstinence.???

Now all joking aside, on a more serious note:

This should be a good lesson for women today, to maintain a good moral attitude (be well kept) during dating until you get to know a person better and get married.

jayhawks71 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion is an expert in everything from the price of a tow, political science, shifting soils and now, epidemiology. I always know where to go when I have a question about anything. You would think think by now he would\'ve come up with a cure for for his bout with logorrhea by now.

Rebecca Valburg 9 years, 2 months ago

"This should be a good lesson for women today, to maintain a good moral attitude (be well kept) during dating until you get to know a person better and get married."

Again, you're making assumptions without knowing the facts. How long were these women dating this guy before they slept with him? Did they realize that he was with other people while he was with them? We don't know that rings weren't involved, though he's obviously an atheist, so unless he was into marriage for a tax break, it would have been an easy out for him. Did he tell them he had been tested and was clean? Maybe he forged paperwork. At what point do we remove the blame from the women and place it back on him? This isn't a lesson - these generations have had plenty - this is attempted murder.

Let's put it another way: Pretty much everyone in this guys' dating pool grew up with AIDS being on the table. Rob knew exactly what he was doing, otherwise he wouldn't have already been charged for this exact same thing YEARS ago in Louisiana, and still tried it again in Lawrence. I think it's fairly safe to assume that this guy's had years to perfect his method of operation. He's a con artist - read the older articles and comments on here. Whatever he said and did got past women who knew very well the threat of diseases out there today. THAT'S what makes him so scary.

Rob did this already in Louisiana, and got away with it, because the women didn't want to testify against him. Keep bashing on the women, and maybe he can get the other 48 states checked off before his time is up.

Sigmund 9 years, 2 months ago

Posted by Marion (Marion Lynn) on May 23, 2006 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal) From the Surgeon General's Report: "AIDS is already a leading killer of men and women 15 to 44 years old in our country.

Marion- the mortality table was meant to respond to what I believed was a misleading assertion that AIDS was a greater risk than death by suicide, car accidnets. etc. The fact is that AIDS while horrible is no where near the top causes of death amoung for most of our population.

Liberty 9 years, 2 months ago

Quote from RichardCory:

"Keep bashing on the women, and maybe he can get the other 48 states checked off before his time is up."

It still takes two to tango.

Rebecca Valburg 9 years, 2 months ago

Rob's obvious goal is to infect as many people as possible with HIV. He's clearly not going to stop unless he's physically forced to, which is what these women are attempting to do. Shall we dismiss and discredit the women by making up information about them (i.e. posting that these women were one-night-stands)? Give him more time to find more effective ways of spreading HIV? Or should we just cut to the chase and offer him a position at the local hospital as a candy striper?

It does indeed take two to tango, but it doesn't make it any more right to post assumptions that you do not know to be true.

Linda Endicott 9 years, 2 months ago

For those of you who are members of the morality police, exactly what does marriage have to do with getting HIV from someone?

I knew a woman once who contracted HIV from her husband. She had been married for 15 years, and was entirely faithful to him. So how did she get it? Well, he cheated on her, with multiple partners (maybe some of those one night stands you're so worried about), and his wife didn't know. Seems he'd picked up the nasty bug from one of those partners, and then passed it on to his wife.

She was totally innocent, but she ended up with AIDS anyway.

Anyone who would do this kind of thing deliberately deserves to have to face the brothers or fathers of his victims, in a locked room with no way out. See if he thinks it was worth it then.

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