published Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Court date moved in case of man charged with knowingly giving wife HIV

The court date for a man accused of knowingly infecting his pregnant wife with HIV has been moved again, this time to Nov. 15.

James Hutchins, 46, was free on a $10,000 bond Tuesday when he was scheduled to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales on the rare charge.

His first court date was set for Aug. 2, then moved to Tuesday so that he could hire an attorney. Local attorney Garth Best is representing Hutchins in the Nov. 15 hearing.

The Sessions Court hearing will determine if there is enough probable cause to send Hutchins' charge to the grand jury for possible indictment.

Hutchins was convicted in 1999 of criminally exposing a partner to HIV. If convicted a second time, he would face between three and six years for the Class C felony.

On the first conviction, Hutchins was sentenced to six months in prison and five years on probation.

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nfp67 said...

Man pleads guilty to statutory rape

These arrests last year were the demise of CTC for good reason. Why has no news covered the fact that he sold CTC while in jail, then started up a new business (Ameritel Communications) 2 weeks after being released from jail. He continues to mislead local businesses, and I find it sickening. If you are a business owner or you handle vendor relations for your company, please always know who you are doing business with. For example, when a board member of a Christian non-for profit company finds out they do business with Ameritel, who is owned by Greg Austin, someone is either getting fired or worse, their donors could find out first and stop supporting them altogether.

Notice Greg Austin's address in the above story is the same as the business license filing. http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_190852.asp

President of Ameritel Communications, Greg Austin http://www.bbb.org/chattanooga/business-reviews/telephone-communications/ameritel-communications-in-ooltewah-tn-40068923

September 8, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.
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