Police arrested a Maryland man yesterday, and charged him with knowingly infecting multiple women with the HIV virus. Frederick Police Department released a statement on Rudolph Jericho Smith, 34. According to police the man was intentionally transmitting HIV to women he met on dating websites and apps.
Police conducted a 21-month investigation into Rudolph's behavior. They acted on a tip that Smith was knowingly infecting women with the HIV virus after meeting the ladies on various dating websites and apps, according to Fox 5 news.
According to the Frederick News Post, "While detectives were in touch with Smith several times during the roughly 21-month investigation, the evidence necessary to bring his case before the grand jury and secure his arrest took a considerable amount of time and manpower to collect, said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, who commands the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division."
Rudolph allegedly learned that he was HIV positive in 2014. A search warrant for his blood was executed and a lab test confirmed his positive HIV status in 2017.
Rudolph continued to meet single women online and had unprotected sex with them without informing the victims about his HIV status.
Detectives found at least four victims who he transmitted the deadly virus to. But they are urging women who may have had sexual relations with Rudolph to come forward and be tested.
Rudolph was indicted on four counts of assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment and knowing transfer of HIV. He is currently being held without bail. He faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted.
Anyone who had sexual relations with Rudolph on or after July 2017 is urged to contact the Frederick Police Department at (301) 600-8477