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Acupuncturist arrested after intentionally infecting people with HIV

By Mason White 6:10 PM March 17, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
A man was arrested and charged after being caught intentionally infecting people with HIV, according to police reports in Switzerland.

The music teacher and unlicensed acupuncturist in Switzerland was indicted on charges of deliberately infecting 16 people with HIV between 2001 and 2005.

A panel of five judges in Bern-Mitelland regional court accused Maurice Goeller, 53, who does not have HIV, of spreading the human disease and causing serious bodily harm.

The regional prosecutor’s office said in a statement that most Goeller victims were students of Goeller’s music school.
Prosecutors said he practiced as an unlicensed acupuncturist, allegedly using work as an excuse to insert into his clients needles infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

Authorities began investigating Goeller after a complaint in 2005 by student Thomas Kaiser, who was diagnosed as HIV positive and doctors said that he could only have been infected from Goeller’s injections.

Investigators eventually discovered another 15 with similar stories.
Goeller denies any malice, or even performing acupuncture.
A second suspect was identified initially, but then dismissed when no evidence confirming their participation could be found.