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HIV-positive man sentenced for assault

Tue., Oct. 12, 2010

An HIV-positive Spokane man who lied to his sex partner about his condition will spend at least five years in prison.

Zuriel E. Roush, 23, was sentenced last week to at least 87 months in prison but will be credited for 17 months served in jail. He also is eligible for time off for good behavior.

“He could be out in about five years,” said his lawyer, Terence Ryan.

Roush pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault with sexual motivation.

The victim, a married man with children, did not contract the virus from his encounter with Roush, Ryan said.

Roush was arrested in May 2009. A friend told police that Roush, a fast-food worker, met men on the website and had anonymous, unprotected sex in People’s Park without disclosing he was HIV positive.

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