NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A Newport News man has been charged and arrested on Tuesday for spreading a sexually transmitted disease intentionally.

Andre Leaphart, 40, of Argall Place has been charged with sexual battery with intent to transmit infection.

13News Now spoke to a close friend to Leaphart. He said Leaphart was always there for everyone and was like a father to him.

"He always gave me a guide and he took me to DMV to get my permit, he took me to do a lot of stuff my dad should have taken me to do," explained Keashun Amstutz.

The victim, a Hampton man, claims he contracted the disease, and the alleged offender knew he was infected.

According to reports the two men were in a relationship from January of 2016 to March of 2017.

According to court documents, the victim claims they engaged in unprotected sexual activities with Leaphart who did not disclose he was HIV positive.

The victim found 2015 prescriptions for HIV medications with Leaphart's name on March of 2017.

Amstutz said, “Out of everybody out here, the last person I would think would be locked up would be him. He always taught us and told us jail is not the right place to be or you do not want to be locked up."

Leaphart will appear in court on July 11, and is currently being held in Newport News City Jail without bond.