Iowa man who didn’t tell his sex partner he had HIV wants conviction overturned

The AP

A Plainfield, Iowa man sentenced to 25 years in prison for failure to notify his sex partner he carried HIV went before the Iowa Court of Appeals this week.

Nick Rhoades had pleaded guilty to failing to disclose his HIV status before having sex with a Cedar Falls man in June 2008.

His attorneys say the contact was consensual, Rhoades used a condom and HIV was not transmitted.

Rhoades, whose sentence was reduced and who has been on probation, claims he should not have been advised to plead guilty because he lacked the intent to spread HIV required to be proven by state law.

Rhoades, who had to register as a sex offender for life, wants his conviction overturned.