A prominent Houston pastor has been ordered to pay $2.45 million to a woman that a jury found he gave herpes to.
After a three-day trial and six and a half hours of deliberation, the jury unanimously found Rev. Ralph D. West II liable.
“You can’t fix it, she’s got it for the rest of her life,” said Shaun Murphy, an attorney.
Murphy spoke for his client, who a jury found contracted genital herpes from West after meeting on Facebook. As seen on the Church Without Wall’s website, he’s listed as the Eldridge Campus Minister.
“The things that we look at for cases like these are essentially four things. Is the defendant infected and how can we prove it? Did he know he was infected, do we have evidence of that?” said Murphy.
He added that he was able to prove those facts, along with evidence showing West lied about having herpes and spreading it when he and the woman had unprotected sex in March 2018.