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Porn Actor Receives 30-Day Jail Sentence For Exposing Coworkers To Syphilis

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Jesse Spencer (aka 'Mr. Marcus') at a 2003 BET Awards party. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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The adult film actor who caused a shutdown in the porn industry after knowingly exposing his co-stars to syphilis is headed to jail.CBS reports that Jesse Spencer, 42 (no relation, we assume, to the House actor of the same name), who works under the name “Mr. Marcus̶', received a 30-day jail sentence. He entered a plea of no contest to one count of exposing another to a communicable disease.

Spencer tested positive for the sexually transmitted disease before the Los Angeles measure passed requiring male actors to wear condoms in adult films. Adult film actors are required to be routinely tested for STDs, but Spencer did not come clean about his status. In July 2012, he altered a test form to keep his syphilis a secret so he could continue working.

He admitted to The Daily Beast in August that he altered the test because his doctor had told him he wasn't contagious. "The doctor was like, get a shot; it’s curable; it’s not as bad as it sounds. I went and got the shot, and I was told to wait seven to 10 days before you do anything sexual. I had to cancel work... I don’t think my decision making was right around that time, but I was determined to just get back to work, get back to shooting. And that was when everything started to go wrong."

Two actresses who worked with Spencer made a police report after a producer noticed the results on the form had been altered. None of the actresses contracted syphilis themselves, according to the D.A., but it still sparked an industry-wide scare that at first could not be pegged to one actor.

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After coming forward, Spencer tweeted, "I can't apologize enough. I'll always be sorry this happened. Trust is hard earned and I messed that up. #Gottadobetter"

He told The Daily Beast, "I’ve been hearing I should retire, that I should go to hell, and that I should go to jail.”

Spencer has actually been in police custody since May 22 following a separate DUI arrest, CBS reports.

“The potential spread of syphilis and other communicable diseases is a serious threat to our entire community,” said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. “My office will continue to hold accountable those who place the health and welfare of others in danger in such a reckless and thoughtless manner.”

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