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September 7, 2012

Sylve trial date could be early next year

CHICKASHA — A January trial date is likely for the Chris Sylve, the man accused of knowingly transferring HIV/AIDS to an unknown number of women according to Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks.

"We will most likely have a preliminary hearing some time this year, but not a lot will probably come out of that given the nature of the case," he said.

Hicks said he has never prosecuted a case quite like this one, but has strong convictions when it comes to Sylve.

"From my angle, this guy needs to be behind bars," Hicks said. "It will better protect our citizens if he is."

Thus far, no one who contracted the either HIV/AIDS from Sylve has died, but Hicks said there are two women he known of that contracted the disease from Sylve.

"One of the victims is HIV positive and one has full-blown AIDS," Hicks said.

According to an Express-Star story from March of 2012, Sylve tested HIV positive in October of 2005.

Sylve has also been charged with rape after he was accused of carrying on a relationship with a 14-year-old girl during the summer of 2011. Hicks said in the March story that he knows of at least one child fathered by Sylve that was born with full-blow AIDS.

Anyone who has sexual contact with Sylve since 2005 is urged to contact their doctor or the Grady County Health Department to get tested for HIV.

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