Under this order, Nushawn Williams, a man living with HIV, was declared a Dangerous Sex Offender requiring confinement under New York State Mental Hygiene Law § 10.03(i). At a hearing, the state’s expert witness testified that Williams was diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder, psychopathy, and poly-substance abuse. Further testimony noted that he had a moderately high risk of reoffending. An expert witness specializing on HIV testified about the risks and consequences of HIV transmission. The judge nonetheless found that Williams was a dangerous sex offender requiring confinement, in part, based on his HIV status.
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