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Iowa county avoids medical bills by releasing man from jail

The man is accused of of criminally transmitting HIV and third-degree sexual assault.
Ismael Alfaro photo from Fayette County Jail

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — One Iowa county is avoiding an expensive medication bill by placing a jail inmate on house arrest while he is awaiting trial.

Fayette County prosecutors asked a judge to approve putting Ismael Alfaro, 34, on house arrest because of the cost of his HIV medications, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

Alfaro’s medication costs about $3,000 a month. With him under home arrest, Alfaro will have to pay for his medication.

Alfaro has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminally transmitting HIV and third-degree sexual assault. He is scheduled for trial on July 27.