A Swiss music teacher and amateur acupuncturist has been charged with infecting 16 people with HIV between 2001 and 2005.
Prosecutors say the man, Maurice Goeller, used his unlicensed acupuncturist job as an excuse to stick needles infected with the AIDS-causing virus into over a dozen people, including his music school students. It's not clear whether the HIV infections were the result of using non-sterile acupuncture needles, or whether Goeller was intentionally infecting his clients.
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According to a UPI news story, "Officials began investigating Goeller after a complaint in 2005 from student Thomas Kaiser, who was diagnosed as HIV positive and told medics he could only have been infected from Goeller's injections. Investigators ultimately uncovered 15 others with similar stories."
Goeller was first accused of the crime last year, when, according to CBS News, he "was indicted by a five-judge panel in Bern-Mittelland regional court on charges of intentionally spreading human disease and causing serious bodily harm, offenses that carry maximum penalties of five to 10 years respectively, said the regional prosecutor's office in Bern, the Swiss capital." Police said that the case has taken years to investigate and prosecute because of the difficulty in identifying victims while safeguarding their medical privacy.