New Blood Test Claims Convicted Sex Offender Does Not Have HIV

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN/BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A former Jamestown resident who infected at least a dozen women with the HIV virus in the late 1990's may not have HIV after all. Convicted sex offender Nushawn Williams has been in civil confinement for the past three years following his 12 year prison sentence. Now his attorney, John R. Nuchereno, says a recent blood test conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School reveals Williams is not HIV positive.

"He doesn't have HIV," said Nuchereno. "It isn't a question if the medication he's been taking is masking the symptoms and the virus itself, in fact in order to prepare for this test he was taken off medication for a substantial period of time to alleviate that concern. He isn't a predator, he's been mislabeled as one for all these years. It's about time to start slowly setting the record straight."

Nuchereno is now trying to overturn his client's original conviction and release him from civil confinement. The New York State Attorney General's Office declined to comment on the case.