A male porn star convicted of knowing exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday, June 4, 2013, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.
A male porn star convicted of knowingly exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.
Jesse Spencer, 42, pleaded no contest to exposing another to a communicable disease. The pornographic actor, whose industry name is "Mr. Marcus," was also sentenced to three years of probation and 15 days of community labor.
He had reportedly tested positive for the sexually transmitted disease days before exposing his fellow actors, according to the city attorney.
Spencer was arrested May 22 on an unrelated DUI case, authorities said.
On July 13, 2012, Spencer went through STD testing required in the porn industry. He received a shot of penicillin after testing positive for syphilis.
He still tested positive about a week later but altered a document to hide the positive syphilis test results, according to the city attorney's office.
He filmed sex scenes with two actresses on July 24 and July 26. The actresses filed a police report after a producer noticed signs of alteration on Spencer's STD-testing form, authorities said.
Neither of the actresses contracted the disease, according to the city attorney.
“The potential spread of syphilis and other communicable diseases is a serious threat to our entire community,” said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in a prepared statement. “My office will continue to hold accountable those who place the health and welfare of others in danger in such a reckless and thoughtless manner.”
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is relatively easy to treat in early stages but can, if left untreated for years, cause dementia, paralysis and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
As Mr. Marcus, Spencer has appeared in 951 titles dating back to 1994, when he debuted in "Butts of Steel," according to the Internet Movie Database. He went on to star in "The World's Luckiest Black Man" in 1996, in which he purportedly had sex with 100 different women.
Some of his more recent titles include "The Babysitter 5," "Father Figure" and "My Girlfriend's Mother 3."