Arkansas man admits intentionally contracting HIV to infect others

Desiree Burns
June 9, 2018

What started out as a drug case went from bad to worse, and eventually led to Arkansas man Stephen Koch admitting this week that he contracted HIV on goal, just so he could infect other people.

According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Koch pled guilty on Monday (June 4) to attempting to expose others to the sexually transmitted disease, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with goal to deliver, delivery of meth and eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing sexually explicit content involving a child.

Northwest Arkansas man with HIV was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

According to the newspaper, Koch was initially arrested on drug charges, but court documents say that an informant alerted them that he was allegedly looking at child pornography.

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"For somebody to have such low self esteem, and lack of worth that they would try to go out and do something that stupid is the only word I can think to use", said Williams. For instance, Ruth Coker Burks, an HIV educator, said that what the Northwest Arkansas man did was to throw mud in the faces of all the people who struggled with the condition.

"He was set out to destroy any and everything".

Koch's sentencing also fueled a state-wide controversy, with HIV survivors calling out for more education and awareness.

Williams is also the pastor at the Spirit of Peace NWA.

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