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 2010-07-16 01:42 pm Back to NEWS
Tumbwe pleads guilty, faces deportation after 15 yrs in jail

A Dallas church elder on trial for having unprotected sex with women and not telling them he had AIDS has pleaded guilty.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Nathaniel Tumbwe, 47, will be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He faced up to 20 years in prison on the charge he went to trial for, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. And he could have gotten life, had prosecutors decided to pursue a second aggravated assault case against him.

His plea deal also calls for his deportation to Zambia once he completes his prison sentence.

Tumbwe was accused of sexually assaulting Carolyn Hudson in October 2008 at her Cedar Hill home. Both were elders at the Potter's House, the southeast Dallas megachurch.

Hudson testified that she did not learn that Tumbwe was HIV positive until weeks after he attacked her.

The Dallas Morning News does not typically identify victims of sex crimes, but Hudson agreed that her name could be used.

To win a conviction, prosecutors from the Dallas County district attorney's office did not have to prove that Tumbwe raped Hudson. The "deadly weapon" with which he was accused of assaulting her was his penis, given his infectious disease.

So far Hudson, 60, has not tested positive for HIV. But she must be checked yearly. According to testimony, there is up to a 10 percent chance that the AIDS virus will be transmitted during unprotected vaginal sex between a man and woman.

Tumbwe, who claimed to be a minister, a prince, and a doctor, was diagnosed with HIV in 1996 in Dallas. Evidence showed that he did not take his medication and frequently skipped doctor's appointments.


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