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More Charges Filed Against Alleged Cedar Park Rapist

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 06:19 PM CDT
Cedar Park Police say a new victim has come forward with accusations against suspected serial rapist Jordan Benford.

Take a close look at this picture.

His name is Jordan Benford.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix says Benford is a violent predator accused of assaulting at least 4 people. "His behavior has escalated to the point where at least one of the victims was bound at the time of the attack and we believe that his behavior would have continued to escalate, so yeah, we think he's a pretty dangerous guy."

Investigators believe there may be more victims.

Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Puryear says "at this point it is so important that we locate those victims, that we identify them, that we get them keyed into services that they can take advantage of right now."
 Benford has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and received probation in an unrelated 2012 case.

He's currently in the Williamson County Jail awaiting trial in 4-others, including the latest accusation.

The most recent victim came forward after seeing a KEYE-TV news report.

Chief Mannix says "The next day we got an outcry from another victim who just didn't feel it was right to remain silent while other guys were being victimized by this guy."

The victim in this case told police Benford sexually assaulted her on several occasions.

Also today, police chief Mannix announced a warrant for 18-year old Thomas Allen Palacios.

Palacios is accused of being involved in at least one of the sexual assaults.

Chief Mannix says "If Mr. Palacios is listening, it would be in his best interest to turn himself in to Detective Miller at his earliest convenience because we are coming to get ya."

By: Lydia Pantazes

(Photo from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.)

More Charges Filed Against Alleged Cedar Park Rapist


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