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Sex abuse suspect may have exposed alleged victim to HIV

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A Portland man, who court documents state has HIV, is facing charges of sex abuse against a young girl known to him.

Portland police arrested Jason Dunn on Monday on charges of sex abuse, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and reckless endangerment of a child. He was arraigned in a Portland courtroom on Tuesday.

The charge of reckless endangerment of a child is related to Dunn's HIV status, the fact that he knew he was HIV positive and that he potentially exposed the young girl to the disease.

Dunn's former roommate told FOX 12 that he's stunned by the allegations. The two shared an apartment in North Portland for about a year. During that time, his former roommate said he never saw any signs of sexual abuse. 

"Sad to say that this happened to a little girl," said Arthur, who did not want FOX 12 to use his last name. "It's wrong. I hope he gets what's coming to him."

According to court documents obtained by FOX 12, Dunn's sister contacted authorities after she noticed a number of disturbing things about Dunn over the past few months.

Detectives interviewed the young victim, documents stated. But Dunn denied the allegations.

"When all this occurred, he was trying to basically say that he wasn't guilty," Arthur said. "But he was thinking in his heart and his mind that maybe he did it and maybe he wanted to come clean. I don't know what the guy was thinking."

Dunn would sometimes talk negatively about women, Arthur said.

Court documents state that Dunn contracted HIV after getting involved with intravenous drug use at the age of 17.

Dunn was included in a photo essay called The Julie Project. It followed the life of his partner, Julie Baird, for 18 years and focused on drug addiction and AIDS. After Baird died of AIDS in Alaska in 2010, Dunn moved to Portland. He is the father of her three children.

FOX 12 attempted to contact the creator of The Julie Project, but did not hear back.

Dunn's next court hearing is scheduled for April 10.

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