US wrestler gets 32 years in HIV assault case

A former professional wrestler was sentenced to 32 years in prison for having sex with women without telling them he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

Andre Davis, 29, was sentenced on 14 counts of felonious assault. Davis, who wrestled using stage names including Gangsta of Love and Sweet Sexy Sensation, was convicted in November.

Prosecutors had said Davis violated state law by not telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status or lying to them.

Davis told the judge on Monday that he was a 'sex addict' and that his addiction grew worse when he lost his dream of becoming a professional wrestler after getting the HIV test results.

He said sex addiction is probably the worst addiction anyone could have.

"Drugs and alcohol are terrible, but sex is something everybody wants," he said.

Davis, who said he didn't disclose his HIV test results because he didn't want his family to know, said he never intended to hurt anyone.

"I am not a monster," he said.

Assistant prosecutor Amy Tranter had argued during trial that Davis should go to prison for a long time, saying the case was about his responsibility to tell the women his test results.

"He's a manipulative man and a liar," Tranter said on Monday.

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