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Dallas Morning News
Testimony opens in Collin County HIV assault trial
Diane Jennings, The Dallas Morning News,
May 20, 2009
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 $10,000.