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Ervans Saintclair: Former Greenacres cop found guilty in HIV case

Posted at 1:36 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 22:58:33-04

A jury took swift action against a former cop who was accused to knowingly exposing women to HIV.

On Wednesday, the jury unanimously found Ervans Saintclair guilty. He was taken into custody shortly after the verdict was read.

Saintclair, a former Greenacres police officer, now faces 30 years in prison for not telling five women whom he had sex with that he's HIV positive.

When Saintclair's case first went to trial in November 2017, jurors could not agree to a unanimous verdict and declared a mistrial.

The second trial started on Tuesday with testimony from witnesses and his doctors. Jurors were also shown Saintclair’s medical records dating back to 2007, which is when state prosecutors said he first found out that he was infected with HIV.

Click here to read more about Saintclair's case.

Newschannel 5 spoke with Saintclair’s attorney, Ade Griffin, after the verdict.

"Obviously the first time was a hung jury so this time we are disappointed with the verdict. Mr. Sinclair does maintain his innocence," she said.

But the jury quickly rejected that idea, pronouncing Saintclair guilty after a little over 60 minutes of deliberations.

Griffin said they will possibly file an appeal.

“We made a couple of arguments for a judgment of acquittal. There are several grounds laid out for that -- can’t go into the specifics -- but those grounds will be discussed in the appellate processing," she said.

This verdict comes four years after Saintclair’s initial arrest following a PBSO investigation back in 2014.

Saintclair's sentencing date has been set for May 31, 2018.