SA attorney accused again of having sex with female clients

Mark Benavides indicted by Bexar County grand jury this week

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter, David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - ***An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Mark Benavides as an attorney. He is a former attorney after being stripped of his law license in 2016 according to the State Bar of Texas.***

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A former San Antonio attorney who once ran to be a state judge has been accused again of taking advantage of his clients.

A Bexar County grand jury Thursday indicted Mark Benavides on four counts of continuous trafficking of persons, accusing him of using "force, fraud, an (sic) coercion" to cause four different women to engage in prostitution. The Bexar County District Attorney's Office confirmed all four were clients

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A court document states that Benavides had sex with each of the women on two or more occasions from Jan. 9, 2012, to March 28, 2012; May 15, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014; May, 2014 to Dec. 4, 2014; and Oct. 2, 2015, to Nov. 13, 2015, respectively.

Benavides has already been indicted on six counts of the same charge last year.

Bexar County court records show Thursday's indictment is the seventh sex crimes case with which Benavides has been charged. However, two of those seven, including a 35-count indictment, have been dismissed.

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One of the women, though, in that large, now-dismissed, indictment was named again as a victim in Thursday's indictment.

Benavides was in court Friday for a hearing on the new charges. A judge set his bond at $75,000.

He was already scheduled to go to trial March 26 in Wilson County. The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said the new charges will be tried separately

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