Man Accused Of Trying To Spread HIV In Court

Tony Perkins Wants To Withdraw Guilty Pleas

A Johnson County judge is expected to rule next month in the case of a man accused of intentionally trying to spread the HIV virus.

Tony Perkins is accused of having sex with 18 women without warning them he is infected with the virus.

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Perkins previously pleaded guilty in February to two counts of failing to warn sexual partners that he has HIV. He was later charged with 15 additional counts after police said more women came forward.

But Perkins appeared in court Monday in an attempt to withdraw his guilty pleas.

"I'm not going to sign a plea bargain saying I'm guilty to something when I don't want to when I don't feel like I am," Perkins said.

The judge heard arguments on both sides. He gave the defense 10 days to file another supporting brief, after which the prosecution will have five days to respond, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

Perkins' attorneys have said that one of the top HIV experts in the country has determined that Perkins does not actually have HIV, but the doctor would not confirm the details with 6News.

The first woman to turn Perkins in to the police said she just wants the ordeal to be over.

"It's been 15 months too long. I think I speak for a lot of the victims," she said outside court Monday. "My question is, does he have it or doesn't he? And that the main thing I want to know. We all want the answer."

Authorities said Perkins may have had sex with more than 100 women in the five years since his diagnosis.

"Since I got AIDS from a whore, if any woman is dumb enough to sleep with me, in my eyes, I would be giving it back to a whore," Perkins told police previously, according to a probable cause affidavit.

None of the women Perkins had sex with have tested positive for HIV, police said.

Perkins also faces 18 counts of possession of child pornography after investigators searched Perkins' computers and found sexually explicit pictures of children, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Perkins is scheduled to appear in court on the child pornography charges Thursday morning. A bench trial on the failure to appear case is scheduled for June 28.