Last October, St. Louis police arrested 22-year-old Michael Johnson after a man accused Johnson of infecting him with HIV. Authorities allege Johnson, who was a student at Lindenwood University at the time, knew he was infected with the virus yet proceeded to have unprotected sex with more than 30 partners without disclosing his status. According to court documents, when asked if he had the virus by two separate partners Johnson lied and said he was clean. Johnson also filmed the encounters and kept them on his computer, which were released this week. Interestingly, Johnson was a former state wrestling champ and went by the name “Tiger Mandingo” on Instagram.
In October, Michael Johnson, 22, was charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV. Police later discovered multiple videos of Johnson having unprotected sex.
They believe those partners were unaware Johnson was HIV positive and that they were being videotaped.
The startling details were revealed after hidden camera sex tapes were uncovered, according to prosecutors.
“On that laptop were 32 videos engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johnson,” said Tim Lohmar, St. Charles County prosecutor.
Lohmar said Johnson can be seen with 31 unidentified people in videos taken over four months. Most of the videos were shot on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Johnson has already been charged with five counts of knowingly transmitting the disease.
“It’s safe to safe that numerous of those videos were taken inside his dorm room; we know that because we recognize the furniture,”
Lohmar said most of victims not only likely had no idea they were being video-taped; they were clueless that Johnson had HIV.
Authorities are trying to identify Johnson’s partners and urge them to get tested. He was charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV and if convicted may face up to life in prison.