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Man w/ HIV gets 31 months for assault

A Spokane Valley man with HIV who had unprotected sex with two girls has been sentenced to 31 months in prison.

 Edward I. Casto, 20, will be credited for 212 days served in the Spokane County Jail. He was arrested last October.

Police said he told his 15-year-old girlfriend he had HIV when their relationship began but didn't use a condom when he had sex with her and didn't tell her friend, also a minor, that he was infected.

Casto pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and was sentenced by Judge Maryann Moreno last week.

His arrest came less than a week after another Spokane Valley man, Zuriel E. Roush was sentenced to 87 months in prison for lying to his sex partner about his HIV status.

Sobering News: Alcohol Kills More Than AIDS, TB Or Violence

Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.

Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said.

Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking's heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.

Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health." Full story.

Hmm…this along with the news that Idaho's liquor industry is growing.

I'm really looking forward to my glass of (non-Sutter Home, not that there's anything wrong with Sutter Home) wine while I cook dinner tonite.

How often do you enjoy an alcoholic beverage?

$100k bond for HIV assault suspect

A Spokane Valley teenager with HIV remains in jail on $100,000 bond, accused of having unprotected sex with two girls. 

Edward I. Casto, 19, told his 15-year-old girlfriend he had HIV when their relationship began in May but didn’t use a condom when he had sex with her and didn’t tell her friend, also a minor, that he was infected. The friend had unprotected sex with Casto at his apartment at 12710 E. Shannon.

Police seized seized computers, an iPhone and other electronics Tuesday after learning Casto may have filmed the sexual encounters. Casto was arrested on two counts of first-degree assault.

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

Police believe other girls may have had sex with Casto without knowing he has HIV. Possible victims are asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Casto has known since he was 13 that he’s had HIV since birth, police said. His arrest comes less than a week after another Spokane Valley man, Zuriel E. Roush, 23, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for lying to his sex partner about his HIV status. His lawyer said he could be released in about five years.

Man w/ HIV gets prison time for assault

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

Zuriel E. Roush, 23, was sentenced to at least 87 months in prison but will be credited for 17 months already served in jail and 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.

Roush had told the victim, a married man with children, he was not HIV positive, but the man did not contract the virus from their encounter, Ryan said.

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

Roush was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, but Ryan said the second charge was dismissed because the other alleged victim was not truthful.

“It was somebody who was jumping on the bandwagon after the charges hit the press,” Ryan said.

Roush, who took special-education classes in school and underwent a mental evaluation after his arrest, apologized for his crime at his sentencing last week, Ryan said.

Roush is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and was ordered by Judge Maryann Moreno not to frequent sex websites and to disclose his HIV status to all sex partners. Prosecutors recommended the low end of the standard sentencing range - 87.75 months - but Roush could serve up to 10 years under the state’s indeterminate sentencing law for sex offenders. He’ll undergo assessments when he’s eligible for release.

Past coverage:

May 29, 2009: Dozens may face HIV risk

May 21, 2009: HIV-positive man accused of assault

APhoto Of The Day — 4.15.10

A person dressed as a giant condom walks past visitors standing in a queue to visit the Red Ribbon express train, background, at a railway station in Hyderabad, India, Thursday. The Red Ribbon express train is traveling across the country as part of a campaign to spread awareness on HIV and AIDS. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Letters read: object may may be smaller than it appears — Pecky Cox.
  • 2. Bollywood discovers that “Dickzilla” is not as frightening as its Japanese counterpart — Mavis.
  • 3. (tie) Clearly, this is where the rubber hits the road — Kevin Taylor, and: Apparently, in India size does matter — CindyH.
  • HM: Gary D. Rhodes

Bad News for Women

According to the World Health Organization, AIDS is the leading cause of death among women ages 15-44. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/10/aids-is-top-killer-of-women-who-says/

“Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unsafe sex, according to the U.N. agency.”