Thirteen alleged victims have come forward after a woman accused a Texas hospital janitor of peeing in employee water bottles. Lucio Diaz, 50, has been charged with indecent assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Mr Diaz over the alleged incidents, according to lawyer Kim Spurlock.
Ms Spurlock announced the complaint on behalf of four people, and said there could be more plaintiffs in the lawsuit as well as more charges against Mr Diaz.
The complaint is against companies connected to running the building where the incident occurred.
Altera Fund Advisors, the building’s owners, responded with a statement from CEO Terry Quinn which said: “Our management company immediately cooperated with the police department in this matter as soon as we were made aware of this potential issue by our tenant.
“They were advised by the police to not alert or approach the alleged perpetrator so that he could be arrested. He was arrested when he returned to the building.”
A Houston mother-of-two, 54, became infected with an STD, which prompted her to install a camera in the doctor’s office where she worked.
She alleged Mr Diaz stuck his genitals into her drink about “halfway” before “tilting the bottle back and basically rinsing his penis in my water”.
The woman works in a doctor’s office, where Mr Diaz was a janitor, and became suspicious in August after the office water dispenser appeared to be tainted and was smelled foul.
She alleged that water bottles she would bring from home and leave in her office would also smell and appear tainted.
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The woman was then diagnosed with an STD, which Mr Diaz also tested positive for.
She told ABC 13: “I learned I acquired an STD for which he also tested positive for.
“He gave me an STD I will have for the rest of my life. Nothing is going to change it. Nothing will make it better for me.
“In fact, I feel like, for the rest of my life, I will have to be careful.
“This individual is a sick man. I want this to go to trial.
“I want him to be exposed for who he is, and I want him to pay for what he’s done to me and then be deported.”
Following her urinalysis, the victim turned over two water bottles to police.
After officers confronted Mr Diaz, he reportedly confessed he did it with “malicious intent” and that it was a “sickness”.
He also confessed to do something similar at his previous job and wasn’t aware he had an STD.
Ms Spurlock told ABC 14: “They have a duty to protect their tenants, and they wholly failed in those responsibilities”.