The man accused of failing to inform his partners he had HIV appeared in court Thursday morning.
Thomas Majors, 28, is being held in the Marion County Jail on five counts of failure to inform his sex partners that he has a communicable illness, HIV.
Investigators think Majors’ list of potential victims may total at least six and two of the victims are pregnant. Police believe Majors may have also exposed others to the virus through the sharing of needles while injecting heroin.
“It’s been devastating,” said Montgomery. “We went through a lot of emotions with my sister and her not knowing what she’s going to do and her not being able to take it in.”
Majors is being held on a $100,000 bond.
“I mean, of course he’ll flee,” said Shandell Montgomery whose sister is one of Majors’ alleged victims. “He knows what he’s facing and he knows how serious the charge is.”
Majors was turned down in his request for a lower bond pending his next court appearance Tuesday.
It was a member of Major’s own family who discovered his HIV secret.
“I found a bag of medication,” Majors’ uncle told Fox 59 News. “I went to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what it was. He grabbed it up and looked at it and told me it was for a sick individual. He said the medicine was used to treat someone with HIV.”
The uncle gave the information and medicine to one of Majors’ girlfriends who contacted police.
“It’s kind of unprecedented for our office to file these charges and for victims to come forward like this,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Drew Wingnall. “We don’t’ know how many victims there are. We don’t know how long this has been going on. This could be going on for years and we just don’t know yet.”
According to court records, Majors was diagnosed with HIV in 2006 and released from prison this past July.
Those who would like confidential testing or counseling regarding HIV or are asked to contact the Bell Flower Clinic at 317-221-8383; The Damien Center at 317-632-0123 or their personal physician.
Those who believe Majors may have put them at risk of contracting the virus is asked to contact Sgt. William Jackson at 317-327-6623 or William.Jackson@indy.gov.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times