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Man jailed after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for intentionally infecting 15-year-old girl with HIV

By Mason White 12:05 PM June 19, 2014
Matthew Louis Reese 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for intentionally infecting a young girl with HIV, prosecutors in Texas said.

Now, the man has been sentenced to 75 years behind bars.

Dallas County prosecutors said that 31-year-old Matthew Louis Reese, pleaded guilty in a Dallas County court to assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault with grievous bodily harm and sexual assault of a child.

During a seven-month relationship with the girl, Reese repeatedly had sex with the girl. He did not tell her that he was infected with HIV.

The girl, who was 15 years old when she first met Reese, said that she met Reese when he called a chat line. The victim admitted that she told Reese she was 17 years old, but later that night, she admitted that she was 15 years old.

Reese told the child’s mother that he was 18 years old, and she allowed her daughter to stay in contact with him. When the teen became ill, she was hospitalized and fell into a coma for two weeks before she was diagnosed with HIV.