Atty Convicted Of Coercing Clients Into Sex Gets 80 Years

By Dave Simpson (April 9, 2018, 10:45 PM EDT) -- A Texas state jury sentenced a San Antonio attorney to 80 years in prison for pressuring clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal services, a Bexar County district attorney spokesperson told Law360 on Monday.

Private practice defense attorney Mark H. Benavides, who has been convicted of first-degree felonies, was indicted by a Texas jury in April 2016 with 35 counts of sexual assault and compelling prostitution. He was disbarred in December 2016 after the allegations surfaced.

The initial complaint included allegations that he forced the clients to sleep with him in courtroom conference rooms, a motel and in his office...

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