Lake Highlands Rape Suspect Agrees to STD Testing

By Ben Russell
|  Friday, Jul 5, 2013  |  Updated 7:21 PM CDT
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The court order requesting the STD testing was issued this week and was initiated by a petition from one of the victims, according to court documents.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

The court order requesting the STD testing was issued this week and was initiated by a petition from one of the victims, according to court documents.

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The suspect in a series of sexual assaults in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas will comply with a court order and submit to testing for sexually transmitted diseases, according to his attorney.

Dallas police arrested Cesar Benitez, a Mexican national also known as Pino Porcayo, in early April. According to investigators, a DNA sample taken from Benitez matches samples taken from three rape victims in attacks between late February through mid-March.

A Dallas County grand jury indicted Benitez in the three assaults in June.

The court order requesting the STD testing was issued this week and was initiated by a petition from one of the victims, according to court documents. The testing will include a screening for HIV and AIDS.

John Key, a Dallas attorney who represents Benitez, told NBC 5 that his client would agree to the testing but, in doing so, does not admit to any wrongdoing.

A trial date for Benitez has not yet been set.

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