Jurors this morning found a Lawrence man guilty of intentionally exposing three women to HIV but found him not guilty of exposing a fourth.
Jurors said they did not believe Robert W. Richardson II's story that he thought it was physically impossible to expose the women, given that his drug regimen had lowered the level of the virus in his blood.
"I think he was lying to himself as much as he was lying to them," juror Melissa Padgett said afterward. "It makes me feel sorry for him in a way, but you don't have the right to play with other people like that."
Jurors found Richardson guilty of exposing three women in the past year by having sex with them without telling them he was HIV-positive. One woman he met online, one he met working at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and one he met through Kansas University's Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics. But jurors said there was not enough evidence to prove he exposed a fourth woman he met online who claimed he removed a condom during sex.
Richardson, 30, remains in jail and will be sentenced Nov. 22. He likely faces probation under state sentencing guidelines, but the conviction means he probably would go to prison if convicted of other cases pending against him in Lyon and Wyandotte counties. He also has a charge pending in Johnson County, Mo.