A woman who alleges she got herpes from an Army Special Forces major, who also gave the disease to his ex-wife and two other women, is suing the serviceman.

Kathleen J. Patterson filed the lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against James R. Lewis. The suit alleges battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and negligence. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Lewis could not be immediately reached.

According to the complaint, Patterson and Lewis began dating in February 2013. Lewis assured her that he had no sexually transmitted diseases, because as a Special Forces officer he was recently given one of two required annual tests, the suit states.

Lewis said he had not been in a recent relationship and had not had sex since the most recent test, the suit states.

A month after their relationship started, Lewis came home from a deployment at Camp Smith in New York and said a “crazy” ex-girlfriend was harassing him with text messages that accused him of giving her a STD, according to the lawsuit.

Lewis told Patterson that the other woman was only trying to get attention and that he did not want their relationship affected by the ex-flame’s lies, the suit states.

Lewis and Patterson were intimate from March 2013 through June 2013, usually at her Chino home, the suit states. In June, she developed blisters and later tested positive for herpes simplex virus type 2, the suit states.

Further testing showed she likely was infected by Lewis on or about June 15, 2013, according to the lawsuit.

Patterson believes Lewis was infected with herpes before 2002 and that he infected his former wife and at least two former girlfriends, one in 2002 and one in 2008.

Patterson stated she believed Lewis was reprimanded by his commanding officer in June 2003 for “high-risk behavior” and that he infected other women with STDs, the suit states.

Patterson was “devastated” to find out she had the life-long virus and has undergone therapy since January to deal with her emotional distress, according to the lawsuit.

“Not a day has gone by where she does not feel desolation and despair about her herpes …,” the suit states. “Her infection has destroyed her sense of self, wholeness, health and beauty and she fears that she will never be able to love or have the type of relationship she had hoped for.”

City News Service

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