A 23-year-old Savannah man is behind bars without bond after he knowingly infected a teenage girl with HIV.
Investigators say this wasn't a random act. Authorities said the girl had been in a relationship with the man for some time.
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say Antonio Myawn Bacon Jr. is facing felony charges of statutory rape and reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person after knowingly infecting the teen.
"Kids grow up quicker than they used to," said Julian Miller, Public Affairs Administrator for Savannah- Chatham Metro Police.
Police say Baker has been dating a girl in her mid teens.
"I don't believe a minor can consent," said Miller.
According to representatives at the Rape Crisis Center, rape victims have a long road to recovery.
"It's really difficult. It's a lot for an individual to recover from," said Kesha Gibson-Carter, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center.
Gibson-Carter says most victims know the person that raped them.
"Rape is essentially about power and control," said Gibson-Carter.
Gibson-Carter says the center offers classes to prevent these situations but she says parents play a big role in helping educate teens and young adults.
"We teach them the value of engaging in healthy relationships as well as being able to identify dangerous situations," said Gibson-Carter.
Bacon Jr. will go before a judge for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 31.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the SCMPD Special Victim's Unit at 912.651.6675.
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