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Carlos Lamont Rose, 41, entered pleas of guilty and no contest to charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl which he infected with HIV.
Rose, of Madison Heights, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to carnal knowledge of a minor and soliciting to produce child pornography. He pleaded no contest to infected sexual battery. A no contest plea means that the person does not admit guilt, but doesn’t refute the charge either. It carries the same weight as a guilty plea.
According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Rose met the 14-year-old through the Internet. Their online communication quickly became sexual. On May 15, Rose asked her to send him nude photos of herself. She did this and investigators found them in his possession. This is the basis of soliciting the production of child pornography.
Rose ended up having multiple sexual contacts with the girl, prior to being arrested on June 8, one of which took place in a parking lot. These contacts were the basis of the carnal knowledge of a minor charge.
He was charged with infected sexual battery because, according to Nance, Rose was HIV positive at the time he was having sex with the girl, and knew it, yet made no attempt to protect her from the infection. Nance said that the girl was HIV negative before having sex with Rose, but is now HIV positive.
Webster Hogeland, Rose’s court-appointed defense attorney, while not disputing the facts of the case, maintained that Rose had no criminal intent with his actions. Hogeland said that the girl told Rose that she was 19, and told Rose’s mother the same thing.
Rose is scheduled for sentencing on March 1, following the preparation of a pre-sentencing report. He remains in custody at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
The parents of the juvenile called police and had some concerns about their daughter, Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said when charges were filed against Rose. The parents had some suspicions about Rose.
These charges were the result of an investigation involving the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, the Bedford City Police Department, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, all members of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“This is a very disturbing type of case, very eye-opening,” Day said at the time the charges were filed.
Rose faces up to 10 years in prison for the carnal knowledge conviction. For the pornography count, he faces a mandatory sentence of five years with a maximum of 30 years. For the infected sexual battery count, he faces up to five years in prison.
He had previously pleaded guilty to similar charges in Amherst County and is due for sentencing there Jan. 12.