Keith Sumlin of Sunrise, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy without telling the teen that he was HIV-positive, reports say. Sumlin, 30, was booked into the Broward County Jail on multiple charges, including nonconsensual transmission of the HIV virus, attempted second-degree murder, and lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. His bail bond was set at $280,000. It is unclear whether Sumlin has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
Reports say that detectives were first made aware of the alleged sexual encounter after a Pembroke Pines mother reported to police that Sumlin might have molested her son. The teen reportedly admitted during questioning that he and Sumlin had indeed had sexual contact. Florida state law dictates that any teen under the age of 18 is ineligible for consensual sex, making the alleged contact an immediate offense. It is also a violation of law for a person knowingly infected with the HIV virus to have reckless or unsafe sex with another person, especially without informing that person beforehand. Sumlin allegedly failed to tell the boy about his medical condition.
In an appearance before a Florida a judge, there was mention of a number of purported videos that depicted Sumlin in reckless sexual acts with others. The judge also noted that Sumlin allegedly wrote about unsafe sexual acts he had with other people on his Facebook account.
In other news, more details regarding the arrest of George Navarro Jr., an officer with the Miami Beach, Florida police department, were released Friday. Reports say the arrest follows accusations that Navarro, 26, assisted in a car lease scheme. He also allegedly allowed a civilian friend to drive his police cruiser. Navarro now faces multiple charges, including eight counts of felony fraud and racketeering.
Reports say that Navarro, who has been with the department a total of six years, was an active participant in a fraud scheme that consisted of subleasing cars illegally. However, according to Navarro’s lawyer, “he wasn’t at the center of core of this ring.”
Navarro also shared a residence with a man who the DEA had arrested in early 2011 and charged with possession of a firearm, $10,000 in cash, and a substantial amount of meth. After his arrest, the suspect alleged that Navarro had assisted him in the leasing scheme. What’s more, the suspect also told detectives that is was not unusual for Navarro to lend the man his police cruiser to go from place to place. Whether the suspect revealed this information as part of a plea deal is not known. Navarro, for his part, reportedly plans to plead not guilty.
Miami, according to the press, is notorious for its lawbreaking law enforcement. Reports indicate that Navarro’s arrest is part of an ongoing effort to weed corruption out of the Miami Beach police force. A spokesperson from the department told press, “this was an investigation initiated by the Miami Beach Police Department and its part of the process of rooting out corruption.”