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Soldier Ordered To Practice Safe Sex Arrested For Allegedly Infecting 4 Women

April 3, 1992

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A soldier who was under a ″safe-sex order″ because he’s infected with AIDS was arrested after four women complained he infected them by having unprotected sex, the Army said Friday.

Spec. Mark E. Baliel, 24, of Marion, Kan., was being held in the Fort Carson stockade on charges that include sodomy, aggravated assault and disobeying an order.

Baliel, stationed at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, got a safe-sex order in April 1990 after testing positive for HIV during a routine physical exam. HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

″Anyone who tests positive is counseled with the safe-sex order, told they have to inform their sexual partners of their condition and must use a condom,″ said Maryl Neff, a spokeswoman for Fort Carson, which holds court- martial jurisdiction over Fitzsimons.

The Army can’t release the name of Baliel’s appointed lawyer, Neff said. And the soldier isn’t allowed to comment.

Baliel came under investigation after a woman told Army officials in September that Baliel infected her with the virus. Since then three other owmen have come forward, Neff said.

The Army can’t disclose where the women are from, if any are in the service or how they know Baliel may have infected them, Neff said.

Baliel was at Fort Carson until he was transferred to Fitzsimons last July for medical evaluation.

The charges are punishable by up to 52 years in prison.

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