Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Prison time ordered in HIV case

Other charges still pending against suspect

November 22, 2006


A Lawrence man convicted of exposing three women to HIV was sentenced Wednesday to 32 months in prison.

Robert W. Richardson II apologized to those he had "touched with fear" during an emotional speech before he was sentenced - but said that while his actions might have been unethical, they were not criminal.

"Fighting to put me in a cage will do far, far more harm than good," Richardson said.

Judge Stephen Six disagreed, giving Richardson the 32-month sentence.

Jurors last month found Richardson, 30, guilty of exposing three women to HIV by having unprotected sex with them and not telling them of his status.

Jurors said they were appalled by the 30-year-old Richardson's deceptions with the women, most of all his explanation that his health problems were caused by a heart condition. He claimed he was being truthful by saying he had a "H.A.A.R.T." condition, or Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy - his name for his HIV-treatment drug regimen.

He was found not guilty of exposing a fourth woman. A fifth woman - who was involved in the recent trial as a witness but not a victim - has charges pending against Richardson in Johnson County, Mo.

And a sixth woman emerged after the trial last month to claim that she had been exposed to HIV by Richardson between Feb. 12 and 13, 2005.

Richardson also has cases pending against him in Emporia and Kansas City, Kan., involving some of the same women.


Sigmund 11 years, 6 months ago

Am I mistaken or is this sentence a significant upward departure from the sentencing guidelines? Was he sentenced to"jail" or to prison? Any comments from the DA's in Johnson County, MO, Emporia or Kansas City Kansas on whether they intend to pursue charges? Any bets on how long it will take for Richardson to be "touched with fear" by fellow inmates once he gets to prison?

cutny 11 years, 6 months ago

Well Sigmund, the article says "jail" not prison. Please share everything you know about being "touched by fear" in prison. Sounds like you have some good stories.

bangaranggerg 11 years, 6 months ago

fighting to put him in a cage will do far far more harm than good. No, wait i was thinking high school, putting him in a high school would be disasterous, the cage thing is fine.

Bad_Brad 11 years, 6 months ago

This guy should be allowed to have sex with as many women as he wants to, so long as it is consensual. For men or women, sorry, but when you have promiscuous sex with no protection, HIV is one of the risks that you take. You don't get to have your cake and eat it. If you don't want HIV, use protection or better yet, don't have sex until you're married.

trinity 11 years, 6 months ago

that "jail" thing means that he's going to be sent to the DOC; they'll decide which prison in the state to send him to. anything on the sentencing guidelines that references "time" means prison, not "jail" as in the county slam.

partdim 11 years, 6 months ago

Jails are for misdemeanors and 12 months or less of a sentence. Most felonies and 12+ months of a sentence means Dept. of Corrections/prison. Of course, there are exceptions.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 6 months ago

I still wonder where so many people get the misguided notion that waiting till you're married to have sex is somehow going to magically protect you from STDs.

Ever hear about infidelity?

Ever hear about how when you have sex with someone, you're also having sex with every person THEY ever had sex with? So even if you save yourself for marriage, what if they didn't? You have no way of knowing. People lie, you know.

mccgirl80 11 years, 6 months ago

suavity, I could not have said it better.

Suavity 11 years, 6 months ago

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midwestmom 11 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately - his incarceration means the taxpayers will be bearing the burden of his "HAART" therapy. Hopefully the system will be able to prevent his exposing other prisoners to his condition. His right to privacy is also his license to harm others. I have zero sympathy for Mr. Richardson.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

So, if I understand this correctly...

He's ABOUT to be sentenced, and uses his ONE opportunity to show remorse as an opportunity to further inflame the court by acting as if HE'S the one who is suffering.

He should have just stood up and said "Please throw the book at me, because with my attitude, you know that I haven't learned a damned thing."

Centrist 11 years, 6 months ago

Whether those women took a chance or not is irrelevant to the CRIME that was committed.

Quit blaming the victims.

Don't you take people at their word every day?

Didn't this guy knowingly and convincingly, ie ON PURPOSE, expose these women to HIV?

He is guilty in my opinion, not the victims.

Although I will say that women need to be smart ... and ask many, many, questions before jumping in the sack, because men do lie, often. It's what we do, unfortunately.

And the deception part ... anyone miss that? The "H.A.A.R.T" condition.

What an attempted-murdering pr*ck ...

sublime 11 years, 6 months ago

This guy is a selfish bastard.He destroyed lives for a nut.

imastinker 11 years, 6 months ago

Crazyks -

You are right. Those are possibilities. If someone thinks it's important to wait until marriage - I wonder how many of those people cheat on their spouses. I bet it's a LOT less than the general public. Also, I doubt many people have sex with someone, then date other people and wait till marriage, lying to them the whole time about it. That's dedication!

sublime 11 years, 6 months ago

He can "drop the soap" all he wants.No one will touch his nasty ass.

50YearResident 11 years, 6 months ago

32 months is way too short. He should get at least 10 Years. With 32 month he will be out in 18 mo. and back out on the street infecting more unsupecting women. What a shame.

Sigmund 11 years, 6 months ago

cutny, it looks as if the article has been edited to say "prison", not jail.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 6 months ago

I really, really get tired, OTTR, of hearing people blame women, and talking about how promiscuous they are, when we live in a society which not only condones men being promiscuous, but actually ENCOURAGES it.

For every woman out there who is willing to "spread em for anyone" without any prior thought to any disease they might pick up, there is also some pitiful man who is more than willing to take advantage of her, also without any thought to any disease they might pick up.

Of course there are women out there who are promiscuous. There are also men who are promiscuous. The only difference is that men brag about it, without any fear of societal disapproval.

In fact, men are expected by society to do this. If they don't, people think there's something wrong with them, don't they?

funluvn2 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I had no idea Richardson was out (I assume on bail)! I thought that since he had cases pending on Emporia, Johnson County and Kansas City that they would hold him longer. Is he still out of has he been re-admitted with the pending sentencing in the Emporia cases?

Now, was he out due to appeals or actually out on bail?

I'm not an advocate for some sort of HIV witch hunt, but someone who has been convicted of spreading something as serious HIV should probably be considered more of a public health risk.

I agree... it would be good to see an indepth story on this case to see what happened.


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