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DENVER-- Colorado court authorities are presently investigating whether the HIV positive status of Denver resident William O'Kelly was improperly revealed. O'Kelly was charged with attempted second degree assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly spitting on Jason Arb in an argument. O'Kelly's probation officer reportedly told Arb after the fact that O'Kelly was HIV positive, a likely legal violation of privacy. The second degree assault with a deadly weapon charge was subsequently dropped but O'Kelly was held in jail on a $250,000 bond for roughly a week. He remains charged with harassment.
Lynn Kimbrough, spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney's Office, told the Colorado Independent Thursday that the attempted second-degree assault with a deadly weapon charge against HIV-positive William O'Kelly for allegedly spitting on another man, was being dropped. She said the DA would continue to pursue a harassment charge.
An HIV positive Denver man has been preliminarily charged with second-degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon by the Denver district attorney's office for allegedly spitting on another man during a dispute. A spokesperson for the DA's office said staffers are currently examining the case to determine whether the charge is appropriate.