The Curry County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 21-year-old Indiana man, who stated he is HIV positive, on charges that he knowingly had unprotected sexual relations with a 26-year-old Brookings woman.
James Allen Propes was arrested on July 21 after the woman reported that she had a sexual relationship with Propes, and that he intentionally failed to inform her of his medical condition, which placed her at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Propes was lodged in the Curry County Jail where he is facing charges of attempted assault in the first degree, attempted assault in the second degree, and two counts of recklessly endangering.
During the investigation that led to Propes’ arrest, deputies located information indicating that Propes is wanted in Lawrence, Ind., for similar crimes alleged to have occurred earlier this year.
Lawrence Police advised the sheriff’s office that Propes is wanted there for failure to notify of HIV and felony intimidation. Lawrence Police also advised that Propes may have multiple additional victims.
The sheriff’s office is asking that all citizens having knowledge of other victims in Curry County to contact the sheriff’s office and provide that information. Anyone who has had sexual contact with Propes should consult with their physician or a public health office.
Anyone with information about these crimes is requested to contact the sheriff’s office at 541-247-3242 or 800-543-8471. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call Curry County Crimestoppers at 888-974-0000.
Crimestoppers is a private non-profit entity that partners with law enforcement and specializes in collecting crime information from anonymous citizens and gives cash rewards to those folks who provide information that leads to arrest and conviction of the persons responsible. Anonymous citizens are able to collect these cash rewards without revealing their identities.