Lawyer convicted of sex with clients in return for services

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 03, 2018

FLORESVILLE, Texas (AP) – A Texas jury has found a San Antonio lawyer guilty of having sex with clients in return for his services.
The Wilson County jury deliberated about four hours in Floresville, Texas, before convicting Mark Henry Benavides on Tuesday of sexual assault and compelling prostitution.
The jury had viewed sex videos Benavides had made of his sessions with female clients. One of rough sex with a client was so graphic, a female juror fainted. The trial’s punishment phase is to begin Wednesday morning. Benavides faces up 25 to 99 years in prison, but his attorneys have asked jurors for probation.
The trial was moved from nearby San Antonio after defense attorneys argued pretrial publicity had prejudiced potential jurors.

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