Originally created 01/24/04

Man with HIV gets 10 years



An HIV-positive man accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl and of having sex with an adult and not telling her about his HIV status was sentenced to prison Friday.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming sentenced Gregory Darnell McZorn to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years probation.

Officials charged Mr. McZorn with child molestation after they found that he had sex with a 12-year-old in August, Richmond County court records state.

Authorities also alleged that Mr. McZorn had sex with a 25-year-old Augusta woman at her home in October and did not tell her that he was HIV-positive, according to court records, resulting in a count of reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

"It's obviously a very serious situation," said Jeff Bowman, Mr. McZorn's court-appointed defense attorney.

Mr. Bowman told Judge Fleming that his client met the girl over the Internet and was not certain of her true age. He also said Mr. McZorn had protected sex with both the 12-year-old and the 25-year-old but did not tell them that he had HIV.

"He realizes that his actions were very wrong and very serious," Mr. Bowman said.

Assistant District Attorney Shauna Reeves said Mr. McZorn was noticed by her office as a recidivist, as he was convicted in 1985 on a charge of aggravated child molestation, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

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