LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man arrested for harassment wants to clear the air. Sir John Oliphant, 33, says he can disprove a claim by law enforcement that he has HIV.
The allegations stem from an arrest warrant affidavit produced after his arrest on July 4th.
According to the affidavit, an officer was trying to arrest Oliphant, who has said in the past that he is infected with HIV, spat at the officer on the arm. He is also accuse of spitting at another officer during the arrest.
Once Oliphant was taken to the jail, jailers placed Oliphant in a restraint chair and put a spit mask on his face, according to an affidavit.
Wednesday, Oliphant gave KTRE the results of his July 5th HIV test, showing he does not have HIV.
He claims officers fabricated a different story.
"The officers had pulled me out the police car while I was handcuffed, and I fell and busted my elbow and my head," said Oliphant. "And, it was blood on the restraint chair, and I told them that's how you catch aids because it was blood on the restraint chair. And, I was bleeding, and they assumed that I said I had aids."
Oliphant is currently out of jail on a PR bond to undergo surgery. He'll return to the Angelina County Jail after he has recovered.