MANATEE — A Bradenton man has been arrested on charges he did not tell two women who claimed he had sex with them he has been diagnosed with HIV, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office booking records.
Julio Mena-Flores, 42, of Bradenton, has been charged with 10 counts of unlawful sex under a Florida law that states it is illegal for an HIV-infected person to have sex without informing a partner of the disease, jail records show.
Detectives arrested Mena-Flores after a woman reported to the Manatee County Health Department that he had raped her. She then told health officials she had recently found out Mena-Flores had HIV and never told her. The woman also said Mena-Flores had several other victims, according to sheriff’s reports.
One of three women interviewed by detectives also said she had unprotected sex with Mena-Flores and he never told her he had HIV. Mena-Flores admitted to deputies that he had been diagnosed with the disease 20 years ago in Mexico, but claimed the initial victim knew he had HIV and still wanted to have sex with him.
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Mena-Flores also told detectives he knew the second woman who came forward but had never had sex with her, according to sheriff’s reports.
Mena-Flores is being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.