FREDERICK- The Frederick County Grand Jury returned additional indictments against Rudolph Jericho Smith, age 36, of Frederick. The indictments were filed in Circuit Court and allege Three Counts of First Degree Assault, Three Counts of Reckless Endangerment, and Three Counts of Knowingly Attempting to Transmit HIV. These charges stem from disclosures of three additional victims made following an initial indictment that was filed April 5, 2019. State’s Attorney Charlie Smith continues to encourage anyone with information to come forward stating “this conduct is malicious and will obviously have a lifelong impact on the lives of these women.”
The Frederick Police Department began an investigation into Rudolph Smith during the summer of 2017, when separate women disclosed their belief that Rudolph Smith had infected them with HIV. Considerable time in the investigation was spent trying to determine whether or not Mr. Smith was HIV positive, and whether he was aware of that fact. It was eventually established that Rudolph Smith was aware that he was HIV-positive.
After several conversations with Mr. Smith, the Frederick Police Department executed a search warrant for Mr. Smith’s blood, and confirmed with him that he was HIV positive. Following that conversation, the Department became aware that the Defendant continued to meet women on dating sites and have unprotected sexual relations with them without disclosing his diagnosis.
An Indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is merely a formal charge until and if the defendant is found guilty in a future judicial proceeding. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.