HIV-positive man accused of assaulting, deliberately bleeding on woman

A Pennsylvania man with HIV was accused of assault and other crimes this week after police say he deliberately cut himself and spilled his blood on a woman.

James Clinton Houser, 37, was arrested early Monday and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, as well as a summary charge of harassment. 

The Chambersburg Public Opinion reported that police were called to a house that an unidentified woman had fled. According to a police report, Houser warned the officers that he was HIV-positive and his blood was all over the house.

When officers located the woman, she told them that Houser pushed her backwards into a chair during an argument. The woman also claiemd Houser slapped her face multiple times, leaving bruises, and shoved her to the ground again when she tried to stand up.

At one point, she said, Houser picked up a glass fish to hit her with, cutting himself in the process. She said Houser sat on her and bled on her face, chest and legs. 

The police report said that officers noted Houser’s blood on the woman’s body and claimed that there was a “sufficient amount to transmit [HIV].”

Houser was being held in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is due in court next month.



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