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MAYVILLE, N.Y. -- After 15 years behind bars, Nushawn Williams was back in a Chautauqua County courtroom Monday.
The state Attorney General's Office rolled out its civil confinement case against Williams, claiming he's still a threat to society after knowingly infecting more than a dozen women with HIV.
Prosecutors called a forensic psychologist to the stand, who examined Williams in 2010.
About a dozen witnesses and victims in the case are also expected to testify.
Williams' attorney says his client was improperly tested years ago after a recent electron microscope examination showed Williams doesn't have HIV, and is not responsible for infecting anyone.
"It'll be hotly contested in that regard, there will be no question about it, but I think its just as pivotal as what was or was not seen under an electron microscope back in 2013," said John Nuchereno, Williams' attorney.
Williams pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and rape back in 1999, after one of the many women in his sexual network was only 13. He served 12 years in prison and is being held under the state's civil confinement law.
"This was a 17-, 18-, 19-year-old kid on the streets, dealing drugs and having sex with a circle of people that were all involved in that lifestyle," said Nuchereno.
Because this is a civil, mental hygiene case and not a criminal trial, the proceedings are not only closed to the media, but to the general public as well.
"This man has been prejudged by so many people based upon the hearsay, based upon the misinformation, based upon the fear, it is so hard not to prejudge this one," said Nuchereno.
Testimony is set to resume Tuesday, and the trial is expected to last more than a week.