Former area teacher arrested on HIV exposure charge

Friday, June 5, 2009 4:53 PM
Last updated 10:07 PM
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A former area school teacher facing a past charge of sexually assaulting a girl has again been arrested, this time on a charge of knowingly exposing that alleged victim and an ex-wife to HIV.

“This is an ongoing case,” Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Turno said Friday. “This is something that came to light during the investigation.”

Joel Lynn Bedenbaugh , 47, now of Camden, S.C., was charged last year with criminal sexual conduct involving an 11-year-old girl, allegations that spanned from 2003 to 2005. Lt. Turno said that case is still awaiting trial, adding that while investigating, “his (Mr. Bedenbaugh’s) HIV status was informed to us.”

Officers then contacted the alleged victim and an ex-wife of Mr. Bedenbaugh to see if they were aware he had Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Lt. Turno said that when officers learned the two had not been informed an additional charge of exposing others to HIV was added to Mr. Bedenbaugh.

“That’s a violation of state law,” Lt. Turno said.

Mr. Bedenbaugh turned himself in to the Aiken County Detention Center on Thursday and was bailed out the same day. Mr. Bedenbaugh was a former part time art teacher at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School in Aiken and at Warren Road Elementary in West Augusta, according for Augusta Chronicle archives.

Lt. Turno said it’s the first time he can recall his department making such a charge involving HIV. According to state law, anyone who knowingly exposes someone to HIV without first notifying the person of their condition can be charged with a felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine or up to 10 years in prison.

The law also states it is illegal for someone who knows they have HIV to engage in prostitution; sell or donate blood or other bodily fluids; forcibly engage in sexual intercourse without the person’s consent, including a legal spouse; or to share a needle or syringe with someone without notifying them of their HIV condition.

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struggling parent
struggling parent 06/05/09 - 06:16 pm
If the child or the wife do

If the child or the wife do contract it, you need to add the charge of murder to him and keep him in jail....

TheGeorgian 06/05/09 - 07:43 pm
Florida law used to require a

Florida law used to require a mandatory life sentence for anyone who knowingly exposed another to HIV without the knowledge of the person in jeopardy.

stdslove 06/07/09 - 09:18 am
We need SEX-ED. I just found

We need SEX-ED. I just found the largest HIV dating&support site Positivefish. com. It has more than 500,000 members!
OMG! Why so many guys and girls on the site are very sexy? Why so many people infect HIV?

Son of God
Son of God 06/08/09 - 08:46 am
To the child and the mother:

To the child and the mother: Remember that God is a healer. You shall not die but live to declare the works of the Lord.Speak life over your situation and watch God give you a miracle. I am praying for all of you. What the devil meant for harm God will turn it into a blessing.

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