2012-07-11 / Front Page

HIV diagnosis leads to child molestation arrest

By Anne Marie Kyzer

Joseph Levines Joseph Levines Authorities arrested one man for child molestation and are looking for another suspect after a teen tested positive for HIV.

The 17-year-old victim had become ill and was hospitalized at Georgia Health Sciences University Medical Center, where doctors informed him and his family he was HIV positive. The teen then told his mother that when he was 12 years old, his cousin Eric Levines, 25, began sexually abusing him. At 16, the teen began engaging in similar activity, oral sex, with Eric’s brother Joseph, 23. The latter informed him several months ago that he was HIV positive. According to a report filed at the Waynesboro Police Department, the Levines brothers would pick up the victim from his house and the incidents took place in their cars.

Joseph Levines was arrested Thursday in Statesboro, where he now lives, and was brought back to Burke County, according to Deputy Chief Roosevelt Lodge of the Waynesboro Police Department. He’s charged with child molestation.

But police are still looking for Eric Levines, who family members say is out of the country as part of a study abroad program for college.

Deputy Chief Lodge said the investigation is ongoing and they expect more details to unfold once Eric Levines is apprehended.

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