A Florida cop has been sentenced to 8 years behind bars after being found guilty earlier this year of knowingly exposing unsuspecting women to HIV. Greenacres cop, 41-year-old Ervans Saintclair, apologized to his ex-girlfriend prior to his sentencing Friday. He admitted to a series of bad choices and because of those choices he’s where he is now.
According to WSVN:
The victim testified she and Saintclair had a sexual relationship between 2009 and 2013. A doctor testified Saintclair had been told in 2007 he is HIV positive.
Saintclair was found guilty in April of uninformed HIV sexual contact which is a felony under Florida law. The charge carries up to 30 years in prison.
WPTV reports that Saintclair first went to trial over the charge in November 2017. The case ended in a mistrial after jurors could not come a unanimous agreement on the verdict. The case went to trial a second time with testimony from witnesses and Saintclair’s doctors. The Florida cop’s medical records were introduced into evidence and shown to jurors. Those records dated as far back as 2007 which prosecutors allege is when Saintclair first found out.
Saintclair’s attorney, Ade Griffin said, “Obviously the first time was a hung jury so this time we are disappointed with the verdict. Mr. Sinclair does maintain his innocence.”
The jurors rejected his plea of innocence and found him guilty in just over an hour of deliberations.
“We made a couple of arguments for a judgment of acquittal. There are several grounds laid out for that — can’t go into the specifics — but those grounds will be discussed in the appellate processing,” Griffin said.
Saintclair’s conviction comes four years after his initial arrest following a Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office investigation in 2014.