John Cole raped a child and infected him with HIV: sheriff

John Cole (Genesee County Sheriff’s Office)

A 55-year-old Michigan man who previously spent several years in prison for intentionally infecting his adult sex partners with HIV was arrested again last week after he allegedly ‘groomed, raped and sexually assaulted’ an underage teenager while also infecting the young victim of the disease.

John Cole, also known as Johnny Peters, was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of accosting a child for the purpose immoral and on one count each of knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with the intent to infect someone with HIV, criminal sexual behavior in the third degree, criminal sexual behavior in the fourth degree and sexually abusive activity towards children , court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson, Cole’s criminal history dates back to 1987, when he was charged and convicted of fourth-degree felony sexual conduct. In 1995, he was convicted of broadcasting and publishing, which is when a person falsifies or alters documents, such as checks, with intent to defraud a business or person.

But Cole became a real blight on the community a decade ago when young men testing positive for HIV began to surge precipitously, officials said. Swanson said the Genesee County Health Department director contacted the sheriff’s office in 2013 and asked them to look into the significant increase in the number of positive tests.

“They were able to trace the information back to Johnny Peters (Cole), who was knowingly infecting sex partners – adult partners – with HIV without telling them,” Swanson said in a Facebook Live post.

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