Clarksville police make HIV arrest

First time in local police history for charge under 1994 state law

A Clarksville woman was arrested Thursday.  She was charged with knowingly exposing a man to HIV.

The woman, Donyel Da’Shawn Brown, was charged with criminal exposure to HIV, and her bond was set at $1 million.

The arrest warrant states a man reported Brown knowingly had unprotected sex with him for four years without telling him she was infected.

Also, Brown and the man had a child during the time she was diagnosed with HIV, the warrant said, but has not been determined if the child has HIV. Whether the child and man were infected has not been determined, Knoll said.

The state law, which took effect in 1994, does not require “the actual transmission of HIV” for someone to be convicted. Brown can be acquitted if she can prove that her partner had prior knowledge of her HIV status.

If convicted, Brown could face jail time of three to six years.

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