HIV-positive man sentenced for not disclosing his diagnosis to sexual partner

A 38-year-old Macon man has been sentenced to serve two years in prison and eight years on probation after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a woman while knowing he was HIV positive.

Woodrow Grady Jr. pleaded guilty to reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person Monday in Bibb County Superior Court.

In addition to his prison and probation sentence, Grady also must serve 200 hours of community service.

Grady had sex with a 45-year-old woman on numerous occasions between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 11, 2007, after being diagnosed with HIV in 2003, said Assistant District Attorney Greg Winters.

Winters said Grady and the woman started dating in 2006, but the woman didn’t learn Grady was HIV positive until late 2007.

The couple used protection during sex for the first couple of months, but not for the duration of the relationship, he said.

Winters said Grady and the woman dated until November 2007 when Grady moved to Florida.

While Grady was gone, the woman learned of his HIV positive status and called the police when he returned to Macon in December 2007, he said.

When police arrived, Grady told them he was going to tell the woman about the disease when they got married, he said.

“He admitted he was in fact HIV positive,” Winters said.

The woman has tested negative for HIV during four tests, he said.

Winters asked the judge for a tougher sentence — five years in prison and five years on probation — than the one that was ultimately imposed.

“This is reckless conduct,” he told the court. “It’s basically playing with a loaded gun, playing Russian roulette.”

Grady’s attorney, Walter Lane, said Grady and the woman went to Grady’s home at the Rainbow Center — a Macon housing center for people who are HIV positive — on the day they met and had sex.

“She engaged in risky conduct by having sex with him,” Lane said.

Grady never maliciously intended to infect the woman, Lane said.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.