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HIV positive man arrested for prostitution; The county DA Bucks warns of health risks


Bucks County State Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub warns of possible health risks after arresting a Yardley man for prostitution while knowing he has HIV.

Mark Andrew Kernan, 57, who lives in Yordley Commons in 1406, was charged Wednesday with charges of a criminal offense, including prostitution, possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and the criminal use of communications resources.

Kernan is believed to have been a home of prostitution since December 2017 and lived in Philadelphia earlier.

In confirmation of the probable cause, Kernan pointed out to the police that he knew he was living with HIV. Not immediately clear how much Kernan lived with the virus.

"This is a public health issue. We do not make decisions about morality here," said DA Matt Weintraub. "If you had sexual contact with this man, look for a medical assessment right away."

Kernan posted on the website at where he advertised "erotic men's massage" in the Philadelphia area.

The charges filed against Kernana today arise from the incident in early January, when a man met Kernan in his residence in response to such a position. According to the complaint, the man reported that while he was in Kernan's house, he got a drink that made him heavily influenced by alcohol, as well as the obvious drugs that were smoking from the pipe.

While he was injured, he sexually behaved with Kernan and an unknown third person.

The man continued to communicate with Kernan under the guidance of an investigator, during which Kernan asked him to return to a paid sexual encounter. In the messages, alleged in a complaint, Kernan has agreed to provide a range of services, including sex and methamphetamine, at a price of $ 575.

District Attorney Robert L. Wagner set up a bail in the amount of $ 500,000 without insurance.

The case was investigated by the Yardley police and the Bucks County detectives. She will be shot by assistant district attorney Sarah K. Heimbach.
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