Sergeant charged in HIV case

WICHITA— Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez will face an Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, on Oct. 5 to face charges accusing him of having sex with people at area "swinger" parties and not informing them of his HIV-positive status.

The Air Force has formally charged Gutierrez, who is stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, with 11 specifications of aggravated assault.

He also faces one charge of violating an order on multiple occasions, one charge of indecent acts on multiple occasions, one charge with 10 specifications of adultery and one charge of obstructing justice.

The charges are based on allegations that Gutierrez engaged in unprotected sexual relations with multiple people in the Wichita area without telling them he was HIV-positive.

The Article 32 hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to refer the case to a court-martial.

The investigation continues, and individuals who may have information relevant to the investigation may call the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at 316-759-4124.

The Sedgwick County Health Department will also take confidential calls at 316-660-7300. Anyone who thinks they may have been in sexual contact with a person who has a sexually transmitted disease should get tested as soon as possible.

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