Thursday, July 04, 2002

Spitting results in charges

By Janice Morse,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Two Butler County residents face felony charges for spitting at police officers. One of them claims to have exposed an officer to AIDS, authorities said.

        Guy R. Perry, also known as Rick Guy Perry, was indicted Wednesday for retaliation and assault on a Hamilton police officer. The charges stem from an April 9 incident, when Officer Paul Webb arrested Mr. Perry on misdemeanor warrants.

        “On the way back to headquarters in the cruiser, (Mr. Perry) said he was going to have a "crack-head' do a drive-by shooting of the officer's home or was going to burn his house down,” Assistant Prosecutor Craig Hedric said. “They got him back to headquarters, and the defendant kicked Officer Webb,” Mr. Hedric said. “As they were struggling, the defendant spit into the officer's mouth.”

        Then Mr. Perry said he has AIDS and had just exposed Officer Webb, Mr. Hedric said.

        Results of an AIDS test on Mr. Perry were not known Wednesday, and Mr. Hedric would not discuss whether the officer had gotten an AIDS test.

        Mr. Perry faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted of the two charges.

        He is free on bond awaiting a July 16 court date.

        Last month, a Middletown woman was indicted in a similar case, except she didn't claim to have AIDS.

        Johnica Mathers, 26, was arrested May 7 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, authorities said. Once in the city jail, she continued to struggle with officers, said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Goodyear.

        “Then she put her head down, looked up at the officer, then spit blood on him,” Mr. Goodyear said.

        Her blood and saliva hit Officer Phil Salm in the face and shoulder.

        She was indicted June 19 on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge and a more serious charge of harassment by an inmate, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.


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