A high school track and field coach stands accused of the horrific crime of allegedly intentionally exposing one of his athletes to AIDS during a sexual tryst between the two.
As reported by New Orleans news networks WWLTV, WDSU, and other sources including the Associated Press, Derrick Nesby, who serves as a teacher and track coach at H.L. Bourgeois High in Terrebone Parish, has been charged with felony counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and intentional exposure to the AIDS virus. The charges stem from allegations that Nesby held a sexual tryst with a 16-year-old male athlete and did so without admitting to the student that he (Nesby) was AIDS positive.
Louisiana criminal justice experts reached for comment on the story by WWLTV told the network that Nesby would face a minimum of 20 years in prison – 10 for each count he faces – if he is eventually convincted.
In the meantime, Nesby is sitting in a Terrebone Parish jail cell, and likely will be for some time; his bail has been set at an eye watering $1 million, $500,000 for each felony charge against him.
“Both of these charges are felonies,” WWLTV legal analyst Chick Foret told the Gannett affiliate. “Both of these charges carry with them the maximum prison sentence. They’re both very serious felonies.”