Former Binghamton Man Accused of Spreading HIV

Published 01/21 2014 04:38PM

Updated 01/22 2014 10:23AM

A former resident of Greater Binghamton has been accused of a horrific crime by police in Louisiana. Authorities in Desoto Parish say 40-year-old Cartrell Brooks intentionally spread HIV to possibly 13 people in the town of Logansport.

Last week, a relative called detectives saying Brooks raped another relative, who is also a minor. After an investigation, Brooks was charged with aggravated incest.

But detectives say Brooks later admitted he was HIV positive, and he did not let any of his recent sexual partners know.

"Of course our office’s concern is how many victims there may be, in the criminal aspect of it, because if he did not make them aware, that is another criminal charge."

Detective Horace Womack says his office is still taking calls, and there could be more victims. He refers to Brooks as a career criminal. Brooks has been arrested 52 times since 1990. He's faced charges in five different states, including things like armed robbery, drug offenses, kidnapping and rape. The Desoto Parish district attorney's office says they're going after Brooks, full force.

"Any case that involves a minor victim, we are very serious about pursuing and seeking the maximum penalty. Aggravated incest carries anywhere from 25 to 99 years as a penalty."

Once HIV test results come back on the other potential victims, of course Brooks will be looking at many more counts.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office says Cartrell Brooks had a number of run-ins with the law in the Binghamton area between 2005 and January of last year. That's when he was picked up on a parole violation and sent back to state prison. None of those alleged crimes were sexual in nature. According to the state prison system's website, Brooks was released last July.

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