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Assault charges for man with HIV

A Spokane Valley man with HIV was arrested on assault charges Tuesday, accused of having unprotected sex with two teenage girls.

Edward I. Casto, 19, told his 15-year-old girlfriend he had HIV when their relationship began in May. He didn’t use a condom when he had sex with her and didn’t tell her friend, also a minor, that he was infected, police said.

The friend had unprotected sex with Casto and his girlfriend at his apartment at 12710 E. Shannon Ave. Police seized computers, an iPhone and other electronics Tuesday from the apartment after learning Casto may have filmed the encounters.

Casto’s girlfriend told police she knew he had HIV but didn’t tell her friend, according to a probable cause affidavit supporting two counts of first-degree assault against Casto. He was ordered to stay in jail on $100,000 bail after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday.

Others who may have had sex with Casto without knowing he has HIV are asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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