by: Erica Byfield Updated:
CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - A Carroll County man was convicted of knowingly spreading HIV.
Jamarlos Dobbs, also known as Marlo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for reckless conduct earlier this month. Carroll County Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette told Channel 2's Erica Byfield three women came forward in 2011 to say Dobbs had sex with them and did not tell them he had HIV.
Byfield spoke to one of the victims, who requested anonymity.
"I just have a whole life ahead that I planned for myself and now that has all changed because of the cruelty of another person," the victim said.
The woman dated Dobbs for a year.
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"I was hearing rumors that he was HIV positive, and I confronted him about it, and he told me it wasn't true," she said.
The mother of two told Byfield she went to the doctor for a checkup and her HIV test came back negative. But a few months later, she started hearing the same rumors, so she went back to the doctor.
"It came back positive," she said.
Faucette told Byfield he believes Dobbs infected the woman on purpose.
"There was a tattoo on Mr. Dobbs back that had a depiction of a grim reaper and the caption, ‘Feel my pain.’ Based on those facts, we believe Mr. Dobbs was knowledgeable about his status," he said.
Faucette said Dobbs knew he had HIV in 2006 and from looking through the text messages in his phone at the time of his arrest in 2011, he was having sexual conversations with 18 different women.
"If more victims come forward, we will indict Mr. Dobbs," Faucette said.
The victim who spoke to Byfield has now dedicated her life to HIV awareness. She told Byfield she started her own foundation for victims of HIV crimes. She is hopeful her story will convince other victims to come forward and press charges against Dobbs.
If you are a victim of HIV crimes, you can contact the organization Advocates For Life for help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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