ROME – An Italian accountant was jailed Saturday for 24 years after intentionally infecting 30 women with HIV.
Valentino Talluto is said to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women after his HIV diagnosis in 2006, the youngest of whom was 14 at the relationship’s start. Using the pseudonym “Hearty Style”, the 33-year-old went on social networks and dating sites to find his victims.
He will serve 24 years in prison, according to the Friday’s verdict.
The man was confronted by some of the women confronted him after discovering they were infected; however he denied he was a carrier of the potentially deadly virus, which can lead to AIDS.
As a result of his actions, another four people contracted the virus on top of the women he directly infected: three men and one baby.
According to a report in BBC, victims wept as the sentence was read out. However, it fell short of the life term prosecutors had asked for.