Chattanooga man behind bars after exposing HIV to others

An affidavit says Chester Bennett confirmed to police he had previously pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV with a different victim. (Image: MGN/ Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

A Chattanooga man is behind bars after police say he criminally exposed HIV to others.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says on Friday, police responded to a disorder at Sylvan Drive around 7:15 a.m.

When police got there, they met the suspect, Chester Bennett and his girlfriend.

According to the report, Bennett's girlfriend told police he had left the night before after getting into an argument with the woman.

Bennett came back that morning, but the woman would not let him inside.

His girlfriend told police she found out on Wednesday that Bennett had HIV.

She told police that Bennett did not tell her this, and they had been intimate on 38 separate occasions since Aug. 16.

According to the report, his girlfriend found this out after viewing findings from his previous court case.

The affidavit says Bennett confirmed to police he had previously pleaded guilty to criminal exposure to HIV with a different victim.

Bennett's girlfriend then told police he had a firearm in a safe at home. Police say they took the weapon out of the house, which they say was stolen.

Chester Bennett is charged with four counts of criminal exposure to HIV, domestic assault, unlawful possession of a handgun, and other charges.

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