Police are asking anyone who has had contact with Steven Paul Boone to call them and to get medical followup. ((Ottawa Police Service))

Police have taken the "extraordinary measure" of releasing the photo of an Ottawa man to warn people he had sexual relations with to seek medical followup.

Steven Paul Boone, 29, remained in custody Friday after being charged with nine counts of aggravated sexual assault, said an Ottawa police news release.

Advice for victims

Police are urging people who have had sexual contact with Boone to:

  • Contact the Ottawa police sex assault unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).
  • Seek medical followup through their own doctor or through Ottawa Public Health, which provides free, anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases at 613-580-6744.

The charges were laid after another man alleged in April that he contracted an infectious disease after sexual contact with Boone in late January and early February. Police said they could not disclose the nature of the disease, including whether it was HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Police believe Boone had multiple sexual partners in recent months and that he approached them using the internet.

Acting Chief Gilles Larochelle said releasing Boone's photo is an "extraordinary measure," but is warranted to ensure all his sexual partners are informed and get medical care.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, the definition of aggravated sexual assault includes endangerment of life, including exposure to a disease that may endanger life.

In 2008, a Windsor, Ont., man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated assault for knowingly exposing 15 women to HIV, including five who became HIV-positive.