Yesterday, a convicted sex offender who admitted to having unprotected sex with boys and men ages 16 to 20—while not telling them he had HIV—was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Oceanside resident Robert Musmacker, who knew he was HIV positive since 2005, had pleaded guilty to 25 charges, including reckless endangerment, criminal sex acts and endangering the welfare of a child, and was also sentenced to 15 years of post-release supervision.

Prosecutors claimed that Musmacker, 37, used gifts of cell phones, alcohol and marijuana to lure his victims. One spoke at the sentencing yesterday: Newsday reports, "The man... said he found out from news reports after Musmacker's December 2008 arrest on sex abuse charges that the former independent newspaper delivery depot employee was HIV positive." The victim, who was 16 when he had sex with Musmacker, said, "He messed me up... I trusted him... Why would he do that to us?" and added, "I think he's going to strike again."

Musmacker had tried to withdraw his plea, claiming the prosecutor "coerced" him, but the judge didn't allow it. Newsday also noted that Musmacker's mother wept at the sentencing and shouted at his victim; she told reporters, "The moocher lied."