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Ohio sex worker had more than 200 clients despite knowing she was HIV positive

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An Ohio sex worker allegedly had contact with more than 200 clients despite knowing she was HIV positive – and state officials are now warning anyone who did “risky business” with her to come forward and get tested.

Linda Leccesse, 30, had contact with at least 211 clients from multiple states in the two years since Jan. 1, 2022, when she took an HIV test and learned she tested positive for the potentially deadly virus, authorities said with.

Leccesse recruited most of those customers on Market Street in Marietta — a small city in southeastern Ohio on the border with West Virginia — but the potentially infected people are believed to be spread across the East Coast.

According to Ohio officials, Linda Leccesse has had sexual contact with at least 211 people since learning she was HIV positive. Marietta Police Department

“This case could be anywhere in Florida on the East Coast, but we will be reaching out to individuals locally,” the deputy warden of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a press conference last week, according to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Police have begun calling Leccesse's known customers to alert them to the situation and are also urging anyone else who may have had contact with her to contact authorities.

“They are not in trouble, this is public health awareness. This is not a scam,” Warden said.

The house on Market Street in Marietta, Ohio, where Leccesse met many of her clients over the past two years
This is the house on Market Street in Marietta, Ohio, where Leccesse met with many of her clients over the past two years, authorities say. Google Maps

Anyone who may have been at Leccesse is asked to be “brutally honest” with officials, the Marietta/Belpre Health Department said.

“The Marietta/Belpre Health Department is a judgment-free zone with complete confidentiality,” said Health Department Administrator Barbara Bradley, adding that relatives of Leccesse customers and anyone who has had sexual contact with them are also subject to the “risky business “be exposed.

Leccesse was arrested May 13 for soliciting sex on Market Street. Afterwards, police learned that she was HIV positive and had known it for more than two years.

The next day, she was charged with solicitation after a positive HIV test, a third-degree felony.

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