Bad decisions

Attorney claims HIV diagnosis caused him to host wild PNP parties and engage in illicit behavior

Everyone has their own way of coping with stressful situations. For one powerful city attorney in the London, he dealt with his HIV diagnosis by throwing wild PNP parties and looking at kiddy porn.

44-year-old Tim Varchmin is a former senior lawyer at Barclays in Canary Wharf. He’s currently on trial after being busted for having a whole bunch of meth, a crack pipe, and hundreds of x-rated images and videos featuring minors on his phone and computer.

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Varchmin insists none of the contraband was his, claiming it all belonged to various men he invited over to his place for chem-sex parties shortly after both he and his boyfriend tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of HIV.

This week, Varchmin testified that he felt horribly “betrayed” after his boyfriend passed the virus onto him after cheating on him with his ex-boyfriend.

“It turned out he cheated on me with his ex-boyfriend who he was living with in a flat share in east London,” he said. “It was devastating.”

When asked by his attorney if his HIV diagnosis may have impacted his lifestyle, Varchmin replied, “It is a life-changing event. It’s something you have to come to terms with. That bonded us together but at the time we were fighting over it. We developed a more aggressive sexual life.”

This included hosting chem sex parties, having unprotected sex with strangers, and doing lots of GHB, meth, and other drugs because it “makes you horny.”

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“People who take methadrone are looking for more guys on Grindr and invite them in,” Varchmin testified. “At peak times we had five or six. It was a bit of a revolving door.”

A recent survey by Squirt.org found that 30% of respondents said they had engaged in PNP, and 39% said they would consider it. The survey also found that 51% of men didn’t use any sort of protection when having sex.

Varchmin said that his £2 million flat basically became a sex den, with guys coming over all the time, doing drugs, hooking up, listening to music, and, apparently, looking at kiddy porn.

Police uncovered over 45,000 images and more than 100 movies on Varchmin’s phone and computer.

Varchmin has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of possessing indecent images of children and possessing 830 milligrams of crystal meth.

The trail continues.

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