By Chris Kitching, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Investigators in Winnipeg have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a 26-year-old man who two women have accused of infecting them with HIV, but failing to warn them of his condition before sex.
Police said Apay Ogouk is wanted for two counts of aggravated assault, and that he may be in Calgary.
The women, who are only being identified by their first names and ages – Christine, 29, and Tamara, 24 - said they are relieved police have secured a warrant and publicly released the man's name and photo Thursday.
"I hope that they arrest him and I have faith that they will," Christine, 29, said.
An aggravated sexual assault conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Police refused to comment on Ogouk's health status or reveal details of the allegations.
The women told police they had sex with Ogouk separately while he was living in Winnipeg and both tested positive for HIV earlier this year.
The pair accused Ogouk of spreading the virus, which causes AIDS, and failing to tell them he is infected.
The women said Ogouk is from Sudan, moved to Canada from Africa about 10 years ago, and has split his time between Winnipeg and Calgary.
Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said police alerted the public in an attempt to locate Ogouk and notify people they may be at risk.
Michalyshen said only two complainants have contacted police.
The women wonder if there are more.
Tamara said she had unprotected sex with the man during a steady relationship.
Christine said the man removed a condom she insisted he wear during their only encounter.
Police are seeking the public's help to locate Ogouk.
He is black, 6-foot-2, 140 pounds, has a thin build and dark brown eyes, police said.
Anyone with information about Ogouk's whereabouts is asked to call their local police department or Winnipeg police at 986-6222.
The women said Ogouk was friends with Clato Mabior, an HIV-positive man convicted of not disclosing his infection to his partners.
Mabior, also from Sudan, is seeking to overturn his 14-year prison sentence.
He was convicted in 2008 of six counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.
None of his victims have been diagnosed with HIV.