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Graphic sex video causes a juror to faint during the San Antonio trial

Mark Benavides is accused of trading sexual favors for legal representation and the continuous human trafficking.

(Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

A juror fainted Tuesday, moments after viewing a graphic sex video shown during the trial of a former San Antonio lawyer accused of having sex with customers in exchange for legal services.

The first day of the trial of Mark Benavides – who is also charged with continuous trafficking of persons started with a woman to testify Benavides forced her to have anal sex with him, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Benavides had sex with the 29-year-old woman and included on the meeting, according to the Express-News. The woman sat with her hands before her face and sobbed as the video played.

“Mark, it hurts! You hurt me…don’t be so rough,” the woman said in the recorded video will be played for the jury. Benavides would reportedly be heard yelling at the woman: ‘come back here.”

The graphic nature of the video and the judges’ reaction to forced district judge Dick Alcala to give judges a break, according to the newspaper. If the members of the jury from the courtroom, a woman fainted and was later replaced by an alternate.

Earlier today, the jury was viewing video tapes loading and saving facilities. sexual acts between Benavides and an alleged victim.
About 3 minutes into the video, Judge Dick Alcala stopped the video to give jurors a break.
While the jury was filing of a female juror fainted.

— Zack Hedrick (@zhedrickTV) March 27, 2018

The woman testified that she had sex with Benavides on the same day that he was appointed to be her attorney, according to the Express-News. She said that she and Benavides went to a motel San Antonio for the sexual encounter.

The former lawyer was arrested in November 2015 for allegedly using “force, fraud and coercion” on nine female customers for prostitution, according to KSAT-TV. He supposedly forced some of the women to have sex with him in exchange for legal services.

Benavides could face up to 99 years in prison if he is convicted, the Express-News reported.

Intense local media coverage of the trial forced the location to be moved from Bexar County, Wilson County. Lawyers said the location is moved, because some of Benavides’ critics claim that some of the sexual acts took place at the Bexar County Justice Center, according to Fox San Antonio.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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