John Cole raped child, infected him with HIV: Sheriff

John Cole (Genesee County Sheriff’s Office)

A 55-year-old man in Michigan who already spent several years in prison for intentionally infecting his adult sexual partners with HIV was arrested again last week after he allegedly “groomed, raped, and sexually assaulted” a juvenile teen while also infecting the young victim with the disease.

John Cole, also known as Johnny Peters, was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes, and one count each of knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with intent to infect someone with HIV, third-degree criminal sexual conduct, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and child sexually abusive activity, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson, the criminal history of Cole dates back to 1987 when he was first charged with and convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. In 1995 he was convicted of uttering and publishing, which is when a person forges or alters documents, such as checks, with the intent to defraud a business or person.

But Cole became a literal plague on the community about a decade ago when young men testing positive for HIV began to rise precipitously, officials said. Swanson said the Genesee County Health Department director contacted the sheriff’s office in 2013 and requested they look into the significant increase in the positive testing numbers.

“They were able to track the information back to Johnny Peters (Cole), who was knowingly infecting sexual partners — adult partners — with HIV without informing them,” Swanson said in a Facebook Live post.

John Cole raped child, infected him with HIV: Sheriff

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