A Columbus man is accused of not telling his former partner that he is HIV positive.
Kevin Groce was charged with felonious assault under a state law that makes it a felony for a person who has tested positive for HIV to have sex without telling the partner about the disease.
His alleged victim told her story to 10TV in hopes of sparing others from going through what she went through.
She says at one time, she trusted him with her heart.
"This man, in one day, went from a dream come true to the very next day being a nightmare."
This woman, who 10TV News did not identify, said she is Groce's former girlfriend. She said they had a good relationship.
“In the beginning, I protected myself and it was him coming to me saying I needed to learn to trust, and that is how I stopped protecting myself,” she said.
Soon after, she says, she became suspicious.
"I actually asked him about having HIV and he denied it, denied it, denied it and said, ‘Trust me, I wouldn't do that to you,” the woman said.
But the police report shows after investigators questioned an infectious disease doctor, Groce was charged with felonious assault.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says that Ohio law requires people who know they're HIV positive to disclose their status to a potential partner before engaging in sexual conduct.
He says he's prosecuted a case like this before.
“What you have to do is show through medical records or admissions or other kind of methods that the person is infected first, and secondly they know that they are infected,” O’Brien said.
In 2008, Peter Ayala was convicted in Delaware of felonious assault for concealing his HIV status.
He's now serving a five year prison sentence.
But Groce's alleged victim says she's not just angry at him, she's angry at herself and wants others to learn from her mistake.
“Don't let anybody, under any circumstances, convince you not to protect yourself,” she says, “For any reason.
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