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Juror faints after viewing graphic sex video in human trafficking trial of former Texas lawyer

April 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Juror faints after viewing graphic sex video in human trafficking trial of former Texas lawyer

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Sexually explicit and vulgar footage showing former San Antonio lawyer Mark Benavides having rough sex with a 29-year-old female client in 2015 was watched by a jury on Tuesday during his trial on charges of human trafficking.

According to the ABA Journal, the video was so graphic that a female member of the jury passed out as the panel exited the courtroom after they requested a brief recess.

Mark Benavides allegedly brought female clients to a motel for sex in exchange for legal help. He’s also accused of taping the encounters.

One of his clients, a 29-year-old woman, indicated she was a drug addict and prostitute when Benavides represented her as her attorney in 2015.

The woman, who was the first witness for the state, held her head in her hands and was nervous when she spoke about at least ten meetings at a motel with Benavides.

“I don’t think he recorded us the first time,” she said. “We just had sex.”

However, subsequent meetings were videotaped.

In the footage shown to the jury, Benavides was be heard making sexually graphic demands of the woman.

She said that she asked Benavides how he intended to use the videos.

“He said they were for him,” she added.

Prosecutor Meredith Chacon asked her if she had any choice in the matter.

“No,” the woman replies. “He was gonna keep them.”

In her opening statement, Chacon said to the jury, “He used our justice system to acquire women.”

The woman was one of six individuals identified in the indictment against the attorney.

If found guilty, Benavides could face up to life behind bars.

Prosecutors have stated that they plan to ask that the sentences be “stacked,” meaning that they would be served consecutively.

Benavides has entered an application for probation.

Testimony is going to continue next week before District Judge Dick Alcala.

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