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San Antonio Lawyer Freed on $250K Bond in Sex Assault Case

Dozens of encounters were allegedly videotaped, prosecutors say

A San Antonio lawyer has been charged with 35 counts of sexual assault and compelling prostitution for allegedly coercing some clients into have sex with him.

Mark H. Benavides was freed late Monday on increased bond -- $250,000 -- following his indictment last month.

The former South Texas judicial candidate was arrested in November on a charge of compelling prostitution, then freed on $15,000 bond.

A Bexar County grand jury in April indicted Benavides on additional counts involving nine alleged victims. Prosecutors said the encounters since 2009 -- including dozens allegedly videotaped by the suspect -- happened in motels, the attorney's office, vehicles and a courthouse.

A judge on Monday upped the attorney's bond and also required Benavides to wear an electronic monitor.

The defendant declined comment.

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