PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian jury has convicted a transgender prostitute of causing grievous bodily harm by knowingly infecting a client with HIV.
Clayton James Palmer identifies as a woman and now goes by the name C.J. Palmer. She had pleaded not guilty in the Western Australia District Court, arguing that she had been unaware that she was HIV-positive when she had unprotected sex with the client, who cannot be named.
Following her conviction on Friday, she will be sentenced at a date yet to be set and faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Prosecutor Ben Stanwix told the court Palmer did not want to face reality and had been told by a nurse she was HIV-positive two months before she met the client in November 2014.