An Italian court on Friday sentenced 33-year-old accountant Valentino Talluto, an HIV-positive man, to 24 years in jail for intentionally infecting 30 women he had unprotected sex with over nearly 10 years.
The youngest victim was 14 at the beginning of their relationship, the oldest around 40.Some women stayed with him for months after discovering they were sick but he had up to six relationships at the same time. Rome prosecutors had requested a life sentence and the court deliberated some 12 hours. Out of 53 sexual conquests known to have taken place between 2006 – when he discovered he was HIV positive – and his arrest in 2015, 30 women were allegedly infected by him with the virus.
The male companions of three of the women were also infected, as was the baby of a fourth. Usually, Talluto claimed to fall in love with the victims, before persuading them to have unprotected sex. He motivated to them he was allergic at condoms. However, his lawyer Maurizio Barca sustained Talluto’s actions were “imprudent, but not intentional”. “Talluto has never cooperated, he has made false statements, he has always denied any responsibility, even in the face of the evidence,” prosecutors said. One woman made a different declaration saying he told her immediately that he was HIV positive. ““We want to get married. I’m still in love with Valentino,” she added.