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13 people come forward after a Texas janitor was accused of urinating in water bottles


A Houston janitor accused of urinating in a co-worker’s water bottle could face additional charges now that 13 other people have filed similar complaints.

Lucio Catarino Diaz, 50, was arrested last week and charged with indecent assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a colleague blamed him for the incident, which she says took place in a medical office building, KHOU.com reported.

“This individual is a sick man,” the unidentified woman told Houston ABC affiliate KTRK TV.

The woman told the station she first noticed a foul odor in the employees’ water dispenser in August and decided to only drink from bottles of water she brought from home .

Last month, she came to suspect that her own water bottle had been contaminated, which was later confirmed by a urinalysis, according to court documents.

Lucio Diaz, 50, has been charged with indecent assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly urinating in water bottles belonging to co-workers.

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According to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, the woman discovered her bottle had been tampered with after leaving it half-filled on her desk. When she took a sip the next day, she said it tasted and smelled funky similar to what she had noticed in the employees’ water dispenser.

So she threw away her personal bottle, bought another and set up a hiding place camera in his office. Footage she captured showed Diaz uncorking the water bottle, unzipping his pants, and sticking his genitals in the bottle twice.

“Pulls out his penis and puts his penis in my bottle, basically rinses his penis in water,” she told KTRK, describing the video.

The woman reported the actions to police, who then questioned Diaz.

Investigators said Diaz admitted to urinating during questioning and claimed he had an “illness”. Police said Diaz did not know how many times he urinated in the workers’ water supply.

With further testing, the woman was told she had herpes, which Diaz also tested positive for. She claims to have caught the virus from Diaz, according to KHOU. Doctors speculated that the victim could have contracted the disease from him, although this is very rare, according to Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Diaz was arrested and taken into custody before being released on $75,000 bond. He is currently being held by ICE.

But he could face additional charges now that 13 other people have told similar stories in the past 24 hours, a Houston Police Department spokesperson told HuffPost.

On Tuesday, the woman and three others filed a lawsuit against the companies that operated the medical office building, claiming they failed to exercise due diligence in hiring Diaz and responding to allegations of water, according to Law & Crime.

“Our management company immediately cooperated with the police department in this matter upon being made aware of this potential issue by our tenant,” Terry Quinn, CEO of building owner Altera Fund Advisors, said in a statement. at KTRK. “The police advised them not to alert or approach the alleged perpetrator so that he could be arrested. He was arrested upon his return to the building.



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