Local man charged in HIV exposure incidents on SDSU campus

By Marcus Traxler Editor-in-Chief

A 19-year-old Brookings man has been arrested and charged with two counts of intentionally exposing a pair of SDSU students to an HIV infection.

Demetrius Petro Colaites faces two counts of intentionally exposing an individual to an HIV infection and one count of having sexual contact with a person incapable of consenting. His initial court appearance was Nov. 1. He is being held on a $20,000 bond.

According to the probable cause statement filed by the SDSU Police Department, an SDSU residential life staff member tipped authorities Oct. 8 to a male student possibly having sexual contact with students and not informing them that he was HIV positive.

On Oct. 21, an 18-year old male victim told investigators from the SDSUPD and the state Department of Criminal Investigation that Colaites engaged in anal intercourse with him and that a condom was not used. According to the statement, Colaites did not inform the victim of his HIV status and the victim did not learn about Colaites’ HIV status until investigators told him.

Another victim stated that they were extremely intoxicated on the night of Sept. 19 and did not remember the events of the night but learned that there was sexual contact with Colaites, who had not informed him of being HIV positive. According to investigators, another person in the same room woke up to “kissing noises” and what looked to be sex under the covers between Colaites and the victim. According to the UPD statement, five days after meeting with the witness and victim, Colaites admitted to investigators on Oct. 15 that he engaged in sexual activity and that they “made out” before Colaites ejaculated in the bed next to the victim.

Each count of intentional exposure of an HIV infection is a Class 3 felony carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He’s also charged with having sexual contact with someone who was not able to give consent, which is a Class 4 felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.