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Phony Cop With HIV Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old

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A 41-year-old man with HIV has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl after allegedly tricking her into thinking he was a police officer arresting her for jaywalking in Lancaster last week.

Joseph Kenneth Cornett is accused of approaching the 15-year-old girl between 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 6 near 20th Street East and Avenue J with the fake arrest, the Antelope Valley Times reports. He took her to an abandoned mobile classroom across the street from Lancaster Baptist School near Lancaster Boulevard and 40th Street to sexually assault her, authorities say. The teen managed to escape and run across the street to the parking lot of Lancaster Baptist School to get help.

Prosecutors say Cornett fled the scene, but officers caught up with him after his car got stuck in the desert sand. He put up a fight with authorities and spit on them before they Tasered him and took him into custody.

In the photo below, Cornett is being taken into custody while wearing a spit hood:

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An HIV-positive North Carolina man was charged Friday with nine felony counts and eight misdemeanors in connection with...

Posted by The Antelope Valley Times on Friday, May 8, 2015

Cornett faces nine felony counts, which include kidnapping to commit rape; assault with intent to commit a felony, victim under 18; kidnapping; lewd act upon a child; false imprisonment by violence; sexual penetration by foreign object, minor over 14; attempted forcible rape; assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury; and attempted unprotected sexual activity by one who knows self to be infected by HIV, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. He's also charged with the misdemeanors of resisting arrested and possessing PCP.If convicted, he faces the maximum sentence of life in state prison. His bail is set at $1.4 million because he has previous charges pending against him.