Police: HIV positive man arrested, accused of spreading virus to partners
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Police Department tells Fox 25 an HIV positive man has been arrested on accusations that he engaged in conduct that would transfer HIV.The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for Martin Kraham, 36, for engaging in conduct likely to transfer HIV Thursday afternoon. Shortly after the warrant was issued, he was arrested at his home in NW Oklahoma City, police say.According to two police reports filed with Oklahoma City in early June, two victims came to police on the same day and told them they were contacted by a former partner of Kraham's. The first victim told police Kraham met her on Craigslist at the beginning of this year, the report states.Police say the victim told them they initially had sex with condoms and Kraham told her he was "clean" and wanted to have sex without condoms. She said she agreed and told police they had unprotected sex several times before she was contacted and alerted to his illness.
The other victim who came forward said she was with Kraham from 2008 to 2010. Similar to the other victim, he wore a condom at first but they began having unprotected sex after about a year, she said. This victim talked with Fox 25 on Thursday, but wanted her identity concealed.
"I really thought I could trust him, and I did," she said.
The victim says Kraham never seemed sick and she had no idea he had HIV. Now she and another victim have both filed lawsuits against Kraham. The lawsuit document says Kraham's actions "were so extreme and outrageous as to go beyond all the possible bounds of decency and would be considered atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society".
"He thinks he can get away with just doing this to people and not care about what the repercussions are," the victim said.
Victims say the entire situation is devastating. The woman that spoke to Fox 25 says so far, no victims have tested positive for HIV. That's something she considers a miracle.
"Anybody who has had contact with him needs to come forward, needs to call police, needs to get tested," she said.Kraham was arrested on two counts of engaging in conduct likely to transfer HIV as well as two counts of using a computer to violate Oklahoma State Statutes. Police say medical records prove Kraham does have HIV.