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Man Sues City Over AIDS Postcard

The Associated Press, July 3, 1999

RICHMOND, VA -- A man acquitted of an indecent exposure charge has filed a $5 million lawsuit against police, claiming they slandered him by sending him a postcard recommending he be tested for AIDS.

In his lawsuit, filed this week, Johnny Lee Bodrick, Jr., 50, said the postcard falsely implied that he had committed a felony and that he had ``a contagious disease offensive to society.''

The card reached him before he was acquitted in April, when computer records showed he had been at work at the time he was accused of exposing himself in a city park.

Police had mailed more than 50 similar postcards to men charged with sex-related offenses as part of crime clean-up operation in parks.

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