Man accused of trying to give cop HIV through biting

Christopher J. Seerden has been charged with knowingly trying to transmit HIV (Photo from Northwest Herald)

CARY — A man has been charged with trying to give a police officer HIV by biting the cop on the leg, according to a local newspaper.

From the Northwest Herald:

Cary man is due in court Dec. 14 on allegations that he tried to give a police officer HIV by biting him in the leg.

Police were called at 8:19 p.m. June 19 to perform a well-being check on Christopher J. Seerden at his home, Cary Deputy Police Chief Jim Fillmore said. Fillmore declined to comment on the reason for the well-being check.

The visit took a turn when Seerden allegedly kicked and swung at one Cary police officer and bit the leg of another, according to criminal complaints filed in McHenry County court.

Police allege that Seerden, 37, announced that “he had AIDS” and asked whether the officer wanted AIDS before biting his leg, according to the complaint. The officer was wearing several layers of clothing, and the bite did not leave a mark or break skin, Fillmore said.

Seerden was taken to a local hospital after the altercation, Fillmore said.

It wasn’t until Oct. 7 that police received copies of Seerden’s medical records and confirmed that the 37-year-old was HIV positive, Fillmore said.

A warrant was issued for Seerden’s arrest Nov. 27, and he was taken into police custody the next day, jail records show. It was not clear whether Seerden turned himself in to police or if another agency arrested him.

It is illegal in Illinois for someone who knows they have HIV to have unprotected sex, intentionally transfer bodily fluids such as blood or exchange nonsterile drug paraphernalia. Seerden remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday evening on $40,000 bond. He also faces charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

His attorney, Dan Hofmann, could not be reached for comment Friday.