Posted on April 14, 2010

State Officials Push to Commit Nushan Williams, Who Knowingly Spread AIDS, to a Mental Hospital

Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News, April 13, 2010

State officials are trying keep a man busted for deliberately spreading the AIDS virus locked up past his prison term.

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office has filed paperwork in Buffalo Supreme Court to commit Nushawn Williams to a mental hospital after his prison term expires Tuesday.

Williams, also known as Shyteek Johnson, served 12 years after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment and two counts of rape.

Despite knowing he was HIV positive, he had unprotected sex with 12 women in upstate Chautaqua county and a 15-year-old in the Bronx.


Thirteen of Williams’ victims were infected with HIV, with two later passing it on to their own children.

Williams, 33, didn’t change much behind bars, having thrown bodily fluids at other inmates and been sanctioned 21 times for violent conduct, threats, fighting, and possession of drugs and weapons.


Cuomo’s team warns that because Williams served his full term–he had been denied parole three times–he would not be subjected to community supervision if released.

“He is sexually pre-occupied with having sex multiple times per day in the community with multiple partners and has deficits in self regulation,” Cuomo’s office said in court papers.

State Office of Mental Health psychologist Jacob Hadden, who interviewed Williams last month, diagnosed him with a mental abnormality that would allow him to be civilly confined under the law.