By Cliff Dunn
SUNRISE – A Sunrise man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for having sex with a 15-year-old boy whom he infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). According to the arrest documents, Keith “Keyoko” Sumlin met the victim through a “mobile phone app,” and invited him to his home, where they had sex.
The arrest documents note that, prior to their sexual encounter, Sumlin asked the victim, “Are you really 18 years old?” The teen told him that he was “younger” than 17. The affidavit graphically describes the encounter, including several instances of “sexual intercourse (no condom used),” and Sumlin’s alleged references to the teen as “my little slut.”
Sumlin—who is 30 years old, but claimed to be 21 during his alleged encounter with the victim—was arrested on September 5 by Pembroke Pines Police, after they were alerted by the victim’s mother that the man may have sexually assaulted her son. The teen confirmed the story of the encounter, and the alleged sex, to police.
Sumlin, who was held on $280,000 bond, faces seven counts, including attempted second-degree murder, lewd and lascivious molestation, and criminal transmission of the HIV virus. The teen learned of his exposure to HIV after revealing the encounter to a friend who had also been sexually intimate with Sumlin, and who later tested positive for HIV. The minor was taken by his mother to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he tested HIV-positive. His mother notified authorities.
According to the arrest affidavit, Sumlin posted on a “social networking” site, “I ****ed this little boy, videotaped it, and then added it to the online group,” adding, “I don’t use condoms when I have sex and you can call me sick, don’t worry about me, worry about who gave it to them.” The affidavit adds, “Additional videos of the [defendant] were viewed of him engaged in what appears to be unprotected sexual activity with other unknown males.”
Broward County Judge John Hurley cited concern about the defendant’s “intentional behavior.” “It seems like there was a high degree of recklessness, at a minimum, based on your alleged behavior,” said Hurley.
Authorities say that anyone who may have had sexual interaction with Sumlin should contact Pembroke Pines Police at (954) 431-2200.