Darmstadt, Germany (CNN) — A German pop star was found guilty Thursday of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm for failing to tell sexual partners that she was infected with HIV.
Nadja Benaissa, 28, former singer in the girl band No Angels, was given a two-year suspended sentence. She was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service with people who are HIV-positive.
The trial has been taking place at a court here in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt.
Benaissa had unprotected sex five times between 2000 and 2004 with three people and did not tell them she was infected, according to multiple media reports.
One of her partners became infected with the virus. Benaissa had allegedly known her status since 1999.
Benaissa admitted not telling sexual partners she was HIV-positive but denied intending to infect anyone, telling the court during the trial, “I am sorry from the heart.”
Benaissa had said she believed there was little chance of her passing on the virus and she did not want it made public because of the harm it might cause her daughter and the band, according to the German newspaper Bild.
Bild also reported that one of Benaissa’s alleged victims told the court he had unprotected sex with Benaissa on about three occasions. He said he went to the doctor after learning of Benaissa’s condition from her aunt, and discovered he had contracted the virus.
He told Benaissa: “You have borne so much suffering in the world,” according to the newspaper.