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Smith sentenced to jail for exposing women to HIV

2/27/2007

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.