HIV+ Canadian footballer charged with sexual assault

Did not reveal his status

Dylan Vox | February 01, 2007

Trevis Lerone Smith
TORONTO — The trial of former Saskatchewan Roughrider Trevis Lerone Smith on charges of sexual assault is set to begin this week. Smith, who is HIV positive, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having unprotected sex with two women without informing them of his positive status. Smith, 30, is also facing four charges for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

Smith’s two most recent breach charges, which allege that he contacted a woman contrary to a court order and failed to comply with his house arrest, landed the married father of two back in custody early in December.

He was denied bail at a hearing just before Christmas, and has been on the remand unit of the Regina Correctional Centre ever since.

An Alabama native and seven-year Roughriders’ middle linebacker, Smith went from CFL sports celebrity to front-page news in the fall of 2005, when he was arrested in Regina on a charge of aggravated sexual assault stemming from a British Columbia RCMP investigation.

The assault is alleged to have been committed between November 2003 and May 2005 in the B.C. communities of Surrey and Richmond. The name of the female complainant is protected by a publication ban. The woman told the court that when she heard rumors that the one-time Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker was HIV positive, she confronted him. She said he denied it and they continued to have sex.

"I had no reason to think that he would endanger me," the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told provincial court Judge Kenn Bellerose.

After laying the charge, RCMP in B.C. took the rare step of issuing a public health warning about Smith, advising anyone who may have had unprotected sex with him to get tested for HIV and contact police.

A second aggravated sexual assault charge followed three weeks later, this one in relation to a 30-year-old Regina woman and alleged to have occurred over a two-month period in the summer of 2005. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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