MCKINNEY � Testimony began this morning in the case of Phillipe
Padieu, the HIV-positive Frisco man charged with six counts of
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly having
unprotected sex with a half-dozen women.
Authorities say Padieu did not tell the women he had the virus
that can lead to AIDS.
In opening statements, prosecutors told a Collin County jury that
they would present testimony from medical experts and victims to
prove that Padieu "knowing, intentionally and recklessly" had
unprotected sex, infecting six sexual partners with the virus.
Defense attorneys did not present an opening statement.
Prosecutors called Dr. Pedro Checo, a Frisco internist, as the
state's first witness. He testified that he counseled Padieu
several times to practice safe sex. Dr. Checo said he did not see
Padieu after he was diagnosed with HIV in September 2005.
Frisco police Cpl. Tom Presley testified that the case was
initiated in February 2007 following a phone call with a possible
victim. He researched the case with the district attorneys office
because "I wasn't sure what offense we had," Presley said. He
testified that the person who made the initial call contacted
other possible victims, with five eventually coming forward.
On Feb. 22, 2007, Presley accompanied an official from the Collin
County Health Department to present Padiue with "a cease and
desist order telling him that he couldn't engage in any conduct
that would put others at risk."
He was arrested five months later in July 2007 after at least two
women had tested positive for HIV. If convicted Padieu, 53, faces
a punishment range of five to 99 years in prison and fines up to