ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) -- Officials announced Thursday a charge of Criminal Transmission of HIV has been filed against Zachary Forest.
Police say Forest, 36, of East St. Louis, knowingly spread the virus to a 22-year-old woman.
A warrant for Forest’s arrest was signed by Honorable Judge Jan V. Fiss, and bond for the suspect was set at $700,000.
Forest is still at large.
Criminal Transmission of HIV is a class 2 felony and carries a sentencing range of between three and seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. It is also carries up to four years of probation or conditional discharge.
Authorities say the criminal charge against Forest is only an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.