A dance coach for the Lifetime reality show “Bring It” was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for exposing a 16-year-old boy to HIV.
John Conner III was also sentenced to four years probation and he must register as a sex offender for life.
Conner, 30, pleaded guilty in November to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor for indecent purposes.
Police said Conner met the teenager o social media in 2015 and invited the boy to join his Infamous Dancerettes dance team. Conner and the boy had unprotected sex on several occasions, according to the affidavit.
Conner didn’t tell the teenager he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The teenager later tested positive for HIV.
After Conner cut a plea deal with the Memphis District Attorney’s office, a judge sentenced him to only 9 months in prison and four months probation.
The DA decided Conner’s crime was “minor” and punishable by less than a year in prison.
Lifetime’s “Bring It” was a television dance competition that featured teams from the Mid-South, including Conner’s.