Tennessee man charged with raping girl, 15, giving her HIV

A Tennessee man is accused of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl, police said.

Sekarris Bell, 22, of Memphis, is charged with statutory rape and criminal exposure to HIV.

Over a two-month period, Bell allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old. He would meet the girl at a home where she was babysitting, and the two would have unprotected sex after the children went to bed, according to an arrest affidavit.

Investigators said Bell and the teen met on three different occasions.

In December, the girl tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, records show. She later got a call from the Shelby County Health Department stating she tested positive for HIV.

Records indicated Bell tested positive for HIV in April 2014. He did not disclose that diagnosis to the teen, according to police.

On April 9, Bell agreed to meet with law enforcement at the sex crimes office, but he didn’t show for his appointment.

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