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HIV-Infected Man Faces Assault Counts; Authorities Looking For Possible Victims

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Detectives arrested a 19-year-old Spokane Valley man Tuesday evening after establishing that he had sexual relations with two women while infected with the HIV virus.

Detective Tim Hines booked Edward I. Casto into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday evening on two counts of First-Degree Assault.

During his investigation of Casto, Hines determined that the suspect had known since age 13 that he had been HIV infected since birth, and that beginning in May 2010 established a long-term sexual relationship with a minor female. During the relationship, he did not always use a condom.

Hines' investigation also revealed that Casto once had a three-way sexual encounter with the same female and her minor female friend, and that he did not advise the friend that he was infected nor did he use a condom.

The longer-term sexual relationship began with that female victim when she was still 15 years old, and Hines executed a search warrant Tuesday for Casto's phones and computers after learning the suspect may have filmed or video-taped their sexual encounters when she was under the age of consent.

Those electronic items have yet to be examined by the sheriff's computer forensics specialist to determine what images they contain, and that portion of the investigation is ongoing.

Hines said Wednesday that he believes there may be other girls in the community who had unprotected sexual encounters with Casto without knowing he was infected.  He urged anyone who recognizes the suspect as a sexual partner to contact him by calling Crime Check at 456-2233.

If unwilling to become part of his criminal investigation, he still urged these sexual partners to have themselves tested for the HIV disease.

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