Robert Joseph Nettles mugshotA Georgia man was arrested earlier this week after a grotesque incident with a hospital worker while he was a patient.

According to a June 28 report from the Chattanoogan, HIV-positive 29-year-old, Robert Nettles was being treated for seizures at Erlanger Hospital when the incident occurred. Nettles was apparently getting out of the hospital bed and hospital workers made several attempts to get him back in the bed.

He allegedly tried to hit a worker in the face, then brought a knee up and hit the worker. He then allegedly began cursing the male employee and eventually spit in his face.

Reports claim that Nettles was forced to wear a mask after the spitting incident.

Nettles has been charged with criminal exposure to HIV, a Class C Felony.