breaking news coming out of San Antonio, Texas tonight where a formerly
powerful Democrat, Attorney Mark Benavides, has been found guilty on six
individual counts of human trafficking in a grotesque and sex-filled
Benavides, a well-known Democrat who ran for the 186th District Court in
2014, was accused by federal law enforcement of trading his legal services
as an attorney for sex from his clients and then recording those
manipulative sex-romps, according to local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 in San
clients of Benavides were all criminals such as prostitutes and drug
addicts, all of whom were granted his services by trial judges via
court-appointed attorney programs. Benevides would then promise the women
that if they allowed him to engage in erotic sex that sometimes included
physical torture, that he would offer them a legitimate defense in the
trial, the San Antonio Police Department’s Detective Manual Morales
testified that during one of the search warrant executions at Benavides’
homes they discovered an enormous treasure-trove of digital video
recordings which depicted Benavides in scenes of sexual gratification for
the perverse Attorney who forced his clients into such ordeals.
said police found 246 total “pornographic DVDs” inside of a filing cabinet
in the home, and each of those contained videos or Benavides and those
of the content on the explicit videos had such graphic scenes, that one of
the female jurors fainted as the group of twelve left the courtroom on
Tuesday after being forced to watch them.
sex-romps with the clients occurred at numerous locations, according to
police, with some of the videos being recorded in both jury boxes and
courtrooms, as the former clients also testified to, where Benavides had
his clients after-hours, and others have occurred inside of various motel
rooms across the state.
Attorneys during the trial had initially requested the trial be moved from
San Antonio to Floresville, since the attorney was so widely renown in the
area, and the trial had made headlines across the city.
the Prosecution and Defense finished their closing arguments on Tuesday
before the jury made their decision after four hours of reviewing the case
and finding Benavides guilty on all six counts.
of the charges against Benavides will carry between 25 and 99 years in a
state penitentiary, where it’s expected he will serve out the remainder of
his life behind bars.
Boston tax agent accused of handcuffing a young intern in his car,
putting a gun in her mouth and raping her last summer has pleaded not
claim James Clarke invited a 21-year-old woman for drinks and bought her
"enough drinks to intoxicate her" before the alleged assault.
44-year-old's lawyer told the court during his arraignment on Thursday
that the incident was consensual.
was released without a bail payment pending his next court appearance.
Clarke, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent in the criminal
investigations office in Boston, pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior
Court to aggravated rape, rape, indecent assault and battery,
strangulation, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
tax agent allegedly went for drinks after work with the young woman on
26 July, 2017 before taking her to his government-issued car,
then allegedly "handcuffed the 21-year-old victim while parked in his
IRS-owned vehicle in the Government Center garage, assaulted her with
his service firearm, and subjected her to sexual acts against her will",
said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.
additional assaultive act occurred in the car outside South Station
after Clarke had driven the victim there," Mr Wark's statement said.
woman was left at South Station, where she called police and was taken
magistrate rejected the $10,000 (£7,000) bail requested by prosecutors
and said Mr Clarke was not a flight risk since the allegations were nine
federal taxation agency declined to comment on the allegations against
IRS holds our employees to high standards, and we do not tolerate
inappropriate behaviour," the agency said in a statement to CBS News
local affiliate WBZ-TV.
we are prohibited from commenting on specific employee personnel
matters, the IRS thoroughly considers all the relevant facts involved in
all instances of alleged misconduct and, if substantiated, takes
appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including removal."
Clarke is next due in court on 9 May for a pre-trial conference.