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Dallas man pleads guilty to assault, infected teen with HIV

DALLAS - Prosecutors are seeking 95 years in prison for a Dallas man who pleaded guilty to assault in a relationship that left a 15-year-old girl infected with HIV.

A judge in Dallas considered the penalty for 31-year-old Matthew Louis Reese, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated sexual assault of a child with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault with serious bodily injury and sexual assault of a child.

The plea deal means prison terms of 55 years, 20 years and 20 years, respectively, for each of the counts. Prosecutors want the time served consecutively.

Investigators say Reese had a sexual relationship with the girl, now 17, and passed the virus to her. CBS Dallas reports prosecutors said Reese was aware he had HIV when he engaged in a 7-month sexual relationship with the teen but did not disclose the information.

The victim testified she would not have been with Reese if he told her about his HIV status. Both she and her mother testified during the trial.

According to the station, an inmate who was recently caught having sex with Reese while both were locked up is scheduled to testify that the suspect did not disclose he was HIV-positive. Officers said the two were caught having sex in their bunk.

An attorney for Reese declined comment.

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