Chattanooga man jailed on charge of knowingly giving pregnant wife HIV

Chattanooga man jailed on charge of knowingly giving pregnant wife HIV

July 28th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

James Hutchins

A Chattanooga man remains behind bars after he infected his wife with HIV, according to a Chattanooga Police Department report.

James Hutchins, 46, faces a charges of criminal exposure to HIV. He already has a prior conviction on the charge dating back to 1999 when he was given a six-month jail sentence and was placed on probation for five years, according to court records.

Hutchins' wife of nearly five years had lab tests and came back HIV positive although she said she only slept with her husband, according to a police report. Some of her friends told her Hutchins was HIV positive, the report said.

The couple met online in 2005 and married about a year later. According to the report, Hutchins' wife is pregnant.

If convicted, Hutchins could be incarcerated from three to six years depending on his prior criminal history.

He declined an interview request Thursday and remains in jail on a $10,000 bond. His next court date is set for Aug. 2 in General Sessions Court Judge David Bales' courtroom.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.