Accused Central Texas serial rapist arrested

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Five victims, with one thing in common; they all accuse Jordan Benford of sexually assaulting them.

Jordan Benford

(CNN) - A Central Texas man police call a serial rapist is facing new charges after another victim came forward.

It was hard to prosecute the first case, because the victim did not want the stress of going through a trial.

But this time, police and prosecutors think they have what they need to put him behind bars and keep him there.

Five victims, with one thing in common; they all accuse Jordan Benford of sexually assaulting them.

"This is a guy that really needs to be put away," Police Chief Sean Mannix said.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix says Benford is a serial rapist.

Mannix announced the latest charges Monday afternoon.

One victim spoke out after seeing a report last month.

"Upon seeing the story, she felt bad about having not come forward and thought that we needed to know, and we applaud her courage in doing that," said Chief Mannix.

Her testimony and that of the other alleged victims, could help Benford get serious time in prison.

Benford got probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a sexual assault in October 2012.

Police and the District Attorney's office believe that outcome is unlikely this time.

"In this case given the pattern of behavior, I believe that a jury would recognize the seriousness and uh, I would hope to be long retired before this department is ever dealing with this gentleman again," said Chief Mannix.

"He's looking right now at separate charges for sexual assault and those are second degree felonies, they're punishable by confinement anywhere from two years to 20 years, of course, a fine can also be assessed up to $10,000," said Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Puryear.

That's for each allegation.

Police still believe there could be more victims.

And they're encouraged them to come forward... Not just to help convict Benford, but to get help for themselves.

There is another suspect in one of the sexual assaults.

Police have issued a warrant for 18-year-old Thomas Allen Palacios.

Police are encouraging him to turn himself in before they go get him.


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