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German Pop Singer Nadja Benaissa Convicted of Infecting Ex with HIV

Nadja Benaissa of band No Angels in a Frankfurt court August 16, 2010. (APN Photo Boris Roessler/Pool)
German Pop Singer Nadja Benaissa Convicted of Infecting Ex with HIV
Nadja Benaissa of band No Angels in a Frankfurt court August 16, 2010. (APN Photo Boris Roessler/Pool)


DARMSTADT, Germany (CBS/AP) German pop singer Nadja Benaissa broke down in tears Thursday as a court found her guilty of causing bodily harm to her ex-boyfriend by having unprotected sex with him despite knowing she was infected with HIV.

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She was not sentenced to jail time.

Benaissa, a member of girl band No Angels, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and 300 hours community service after she was convicted in a Darmstadt administrative court. She faced a possible ten years behind bars.

The court ruled that the 28-year-old had infected a former boyfriend with the virus that causes AIDS by having unprotected sex with him.

Benaissa helped her case during the trial, which began Aug. 16, by acknowledging she had unprotected sex despite knowing she was HIV-positive and saying it was a big mistake.

"I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart," Benaissa said, adding that she had realized how much her ex-boyfriend was still suffering.

"I wish I could turn back time and make everything undone," she told the court. "But I know that he will never forgive me."

Prosecutor Peter Liesenfeld said he thought the sentence was appropriate.

"We have to remember that she was a lot younger than she is now, she had a turbulent life, and the acts were committed a long time ago," he told Associated Press Television News. "I think a suspended sentence is justified."

Benaissa left the courtroom without making any comment but her attorney Oliver Wallasch noted that she had said during the trial that she thought she deserved to be punished for her actions.