Smith sentenced to jail for exposing women to HIV

Updated: February 27, 2007, 2:37 AM ET
Associated Press

REGINA, Saskatchewan -- A former Canadian Football League player infected with HIV was sentenced to 5½ years in prison Monday for knowingly exposing two women to the virus by having unprotected sex with them.

Trevis Smith, a linebacker who attended Alabama and later played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was found guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault this month. Judge Kenn Bellerose also sentenced Smith to an additional six months in prison for various bail violations.

Smith was convicted this month and has filed an appeal.

During the trial, a Regina woman and another woman from British Columbia testified that he said he had unprotected sex with them even though he knew he was HIV-positive, something he never told them.

Smith, who played for Saskatchewan from 1998-05, said that wasn't true, but the judge said he believed the women.

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