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Warrant says HIV-positive man did not disclose status to victim

Warrant says HIV-positive man did not disclose status to victim (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Emilio Benyard seemed like a nice enough guy.

A woman asked us not to reveal her identity, but she says she met him in a church in 2006. Last year, the two started dating.

She said, "Throughout the years, he would always flirt, do little things, say little things. So late last year in May, I decided to give him a chance."

The victim dated Benyard for several months. Then she started feeling sick in October of last year.

She was tested at the Price Hill Health Center. She has also been to UC Health Holmes Hospital.

She then received a diagnosis no one wants to hear. Someone from the Cincinnati Health Department came out to her house and told her that she is HIV positive.

Police have charged Benyard with felonious assault and there's a warrant out for his arrest.

He is known to frequent several neighborhoods in the city including Price Hill, Westwood, the West End, and Over-the-Rhine.

Police also charge the Benyard with having sex with another woman without telling her that he has HIV. That case was ignored earlier this month because the victim did not go to court.

The women who thought Benyard was a good guy feel betrayed, to say the least.

The victim chose to come forward and share her story with Local 12 News to protect the public.

She said, "I wanted to get the word out and let people know because he's not going to let you know."

The victim says that she reached out to Benyard's mother after she was diagnosed. She says Benyard's mother told her that he has had HIV for roughly 13 years.

If you can help police find Benyard, call Crimestoppers. The number is 513-352-3040. You do not have to leave your name and you could get a cash reward for anonymous tips.

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