State to Retry After HIV-Infected Greenacres Cop’s Case Ends in Mistrial

Griffin in her closing arguments Wednesday said that medical records prosecutors presented in the case didn’t prove Saintclair had HIV or that he knew of the diagnosis.

Coakley responded by showing jurors details from the medical records of several doctors who treated Saintclair, including one who noted that Saintclair was in tears after he was informed he was HIV positive.

“If you just got told you have HIV and you cry in response, you know you have HIV,” Coakley said.

Jurors began deliberating the case just before 3 p.m. Wednesday and asked to listen to the recorded call again before Feuer sent them home for the day. They returned Thursday and deliberated for five hours more. At one point during a lunch break, they sent a letter to the judge saying they were deadlocked, then asked for the letter back 20 minutes later.

Eventually, however, the panel of three men and three women told Feuer they couldn’t agree on a verdict even after the judge delivered special instruction for them to keep trying to come up with a unanimous decision.

According to an arrest report, Saintclair found out he was HIV-positive when he had his pre-employment physical exam for the police department in 2007.

Deputies started investigating Saintclair in 2013 after a woman said he told her he was HIV-positive only after they had had sex several times in 2007. That woman’s case couldn’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations ran out, but deputies say she helped them find other women with whom Saintclair had more recently been involved.

Saintclair was initially placed on administrative leave after his arrest and was eventually terminated from his employment with the Greenacres Police Department, which was taken over by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

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