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Mark Benavides, 48, is accused of continuous trafficking of persons and is on trial in Wilson County.
Clients he represented as a court-appointed attorney in prostitution and drug cases allege he coerced them into sex to keep them out of jail or get their cases dismissed, and that he recorded the encounters on video. Six women are named in the indictment.
By Thursday afternoon, five had testified about their encounters with Benavides. They are not being identified because they are victims of sexual assault. The two women testifying Thursday, the third day of the trial, said they performed oral sex on Benavides and had sexual intercourse at the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center in Bexar County. The jury was shown photographs of the outside of the th state District Court and two rooms on either side of the entrance to the courtroom that at times are used by witnesses, and rooms behind the courtroom near the offices where jurors meet.
The women said Benavides took them to one of those rooms for sex at different times before they were to appear before a judge. The trial is being heard in Wilson County on a change of venue. Guerrero, requested the change at a June hearing before District Judge Dick Alcala because of the allegations that Benavides had sex with clients in at least two rooms in the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center that are used by jurors.
She told the court at the time that she did not want jurors doing their own investigating. One of the women testifying Thursday, a year-old, told the jury Benavides took her to the River Inn Motel on Guadalupe and South Frio streets to do paperwork after he became her attorney in a drug possession charge. Once in the room, she said it became clear he wanted to have sex.
He said to do it anyway. He said he had a lot of pull in court because he knew a lot of people. She told the jury because she and Benavides mostly had unprotected sex, she became pregnant with his .
Years later, when he was appointed her attorney, he took her to the River Inn Motel, she said, in exchange for legal services, and eventually began recording their encounters. All five accusers who have testified so far in the trial told the court that Benavides used a camera to record the sexual encounters at the motel and would tell them which sex acts to perform and what to say to the camera. Only jurors were allowed to see video of the sexual encounters. of her stories here. Benavides is accused of having sex with clients in exchange for legal services.
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