Man charged for failing to disclose HIV status

Steve (Shorty) Ralph faces three charges of sexual assault for not telling his sexual partners about his illness

A Toronto man has been charged with sexual assault after police learned he was not revealing his HIV-positive status to sexual partners.

Police allege that 33 year old Steve Ralph, who also goes by the nickname Shorty, was aware of his HIV-positive status since May of 2003, but did not disclose it to any of his sexual partners, even though he has a legal obligation to do so.

“Failure to disclose is basically just that — he has a duty to report,” said Detective Constable Kevin White of 31 Division, the lead investigator on the case. “It’s the rules and procedures from Toronto Public Health as well, as per anyone that’s HIV positive.”

Police said Ralph has been known to live in various areas in the northern part of Toronto, covering an area stretching from Rexdale, to the Jane and Finch neighbourhood, over the past several years.

Ralph is now facing three counts of aggravated sexual assault — one count for each victim. White said so far police are aware of just the three female victims. Police released his photo to the public in the event that other victims may recognize him and come forward.

Police are advising anyone who had sexual contact with Ralph to seek medical advice and contact police at 416-808-3105, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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By: Shawn Star
Posted: Jan 18 2011 2:16 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto