Former preacher sentenced for knowingly spreading HIV

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Memphis, TN — Former preacher Rodney Carr was sentenced to five years in prison because he knowingly spread HIV.

Carr, a former minister at Fellowship of Believers in Christ Church, was diagnosed in 2005 but did not tell his girlfriend during their 2010-2011 relationship. She is now HIV positive as well.

“This criminal exposure to HIV is a C felony, which means it’s punishable by three years to 15 years,” Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee


Carr may get out in just one-and-a-half years and will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Carr claims that the health department did not tell him about the law concerning his HIV status and that he learned about it in 2011.