PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian jury on Friday convicted a transgender prostitute of causing grievous bodily harm by knowingly infecting a client with HIV.
Clayton James Palmer, who identifies as a woman and now goes by the name C.J. Palmer, had pleaded not guilty in the Western Australia District Court, arguing that she had been unaware that she was HIV-positive when she had unprotected sex with the client, who cannot be named.
She will be sentenced at a date yet to be set and faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Prosecutor Ben Stanwix told the court Palmer did not want to face reality and had been told by a nurse she was HIV-positive two months before she met the client through an online advertisement in November 2014.
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They had unprotected sex on multiple occasions until August 2015, and she told him she was regularly tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The man was diagnosed HIV-positive in September 2015.
Palmer had argued he could have been infected by someone else.