SC man convicted again for exposing woman to HIV

(Spartanburg) Herald-JournalApril 14, 2014 

Gregory Sean Martinez

A Taylors man received a three-year sentence for exposing a woman to HIV, but is expected to serve two years of probation, according to a court document.

Gregory Sean Martinez, 45, of 8 Cohu Drive received the sentence last week in Cherokee County.

This is not the first time Martinez has been accused of exposing a woman to HIV. Martinez was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in February 2009 for exposing another woman to the virus.

In that case, Martinez knowingly exposed a woman he met in Florida and lived with in Spartanburg before his arrest in March 2008. The victim became pregnant with Martinez’s twins and learned about the disease during a prenatal check-up.

Martinez never told the victim he was HIV positive or suggested using protection during sex, according to a statement released at the time by the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Martinez, who learned he had the disease while hospitalized in 2002, was allowed to serve the prison sentence in Florida, where he was incarcerated for a similar crime.

Solicitor’s Office spokesman Murray Glenn said the Cherokee County crime occurred before the one in Spartanburg County, but was reported afterward.

The Cherokee County victim, Glenn said, did not contract HIV and asked prosecutors to drop the case.

“We felt compelled to continue with the prosecution,” Glenn wrote in an email.

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