Nushawn J. Williams says he's writing a book.
The man accused of spreading HIV through Chautauqua County -- infecting at least 13 women and girls with the deadly virus -- said he wants to tell about his travels in Western New York and clear a name he believes has been tarnished by media coverage.
Williams, 22, will find it hard to profit from any book he produces, legal experts said, because of a state law designed to keep convicted criminals from making money off of their victims.
"He wants to write a book to show he's not the monster the press made him out to be," said John Dienst, a reporter at WPIX-TV, a New York City television station.
Williams, currently serving a four-to-12-year sentence in the Clinton Correctional Facility for statutory rape, told Dienst that he is busy working on a manuscript.
Dienst said he told Williams about the law that would keep him from profiting from a book deal, but said the news didn't seem to make much of an impression.
"He seemed unfazed about that," Dienst said. "He still plans to go forward."
Legal experts said Williams is free to write whatever he wants.
But, the experts said, that doesn't mean he ever will see a cent of profit from anything that is published.
The state law designed to keep convicted criminals from profiting by their stories grew out of the "Son of Sam" killings in New York City in the 1970s and is in a period of testing in the courts following some amendments made in the early 1990s, said Charles Ewing, a criminal law expert at the University at Buffalo.
If Williams were to find a publisher for his book, the suit that would follow on behalf of the crime victims -- a necessary step in the application of the law -- probably would be a major test for the amended "Son of Sam" law, Ewing said.
"They couldn't preclude him publishing it, but they could preclude him from benefiting from it," he said. "My guess is the law would apply in the Nushawn Williams case."
In Chautauqua County, news of the possible book deal came as a punch in the gut to local officials, who said Williams already has done enough damage to the area's reputation.
"It's sickening and exploitative," said Chautauqua County Executive Mark W. Thomas. "With all the attention on him, the victims are being lost in the shuffle. They are a silent presence out there -- and they are being affected by this.
"This man has wreaked some serious destruction, including some deaths already," Thomas said.
James P. Subjack, county district attorney, said he would do everything in his power to ensure Williams never sees a cent from any future book.