Vermilion Man Sentenced For Infecting Women with HIV

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Shullick was sentenced to five-years in prison for knowingly infecting women with the HIV virus.

A Vermilion man has been sentenced to five-years in prison for knowingly infecting women with HIV.

Brandon Shullick, 27, received the sentence from Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski on Monday afternoon, according to Judge Betleski’s bailiff.

Shullick plead guilty to three counts of felonious assault last year after being arrested on the charges in March of 2011.

Vermilion Police Chief Christopher Hartung said that Shullick was arrested when he returned to Ohio after fleeing the state when he learned of an investigation against him.

Chief Hartung told Fox 8 News that Shullick engaged in sexual contact with two women in February of 2011, while the third victim had sexual contact with Shullick in October of 2010.

Fox 8 News’ Autumn Ziemba spoke with Shullick’s former girlfriend at the time of his arrest. The woman, who we are calling “Kate” to conceal her identity spoke of how the ordeal changed her life.

“[The doctor said] that I am HIV positive, and I said no, no I’m not. I said this is a mistake,” Kate explains. “It’s still hitting me, really, it’s all I’ve been doing–losing it. I’ll have good days and bad days.”

Kate told Ziemba that she only found out after she became pregnant.

“I freaked out, started crying, and thinking of my kids, and what was gonna happen,” Kate explains.

When she told Shullick her diagnosis, she immediately became suspicious. She says his reaction was lacking, and she would soon learn of two other victims, also newly diagnosed with HIV.

“I took his word. I trusted, you know, too much,” Kate says. “He should have to pay for what he’s done.”

“Kate” was in court at the time of Shullick’s sentencing. Shullick faced eight years in prison for each felonious assault charge.

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