A Houston, Texas woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease after a janitor at work allegedly urinated in her water bottle has filed a civil lawsuit.
Lucio Catarino Diaz, 50, was arrested in Houston this week and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stuck his penis inside a water bottle during his shift at a doctor’s office.
The woman set up a camera and captured footage of the suspect after noticing a strange odor from his bottle. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman and three other victims who have also come forward.
“He just picked it up, took the cap off and proceeded to stick his penis halfway into the bottle,” the alleged victim told KHOU11. “She then she tipped him up so his penis was surrounded by water.”
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He decided to use a camera to capture Diaz after he detected bad odors in the bottle and a co-worker who offered to make him coffee one day noticed that the inside of the bottle was yellow. The victim had asked the co-worker to use her bottle for coffee because the water from the dispenser at work smelled and she tasted funny.
Attorney Kim Spurlock filed the lawsuit Thursday. The lawsuit alleges that the building’s owner, management company and cleaning company that employed Diaz failed to properly screen him.
The complaint also alleges that building management failed to address the victim’s concerns in a timely manner after she reported Diaz’s conduct.
The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages.
According to the lawsuit, the initial victim contracted herpes from the water bottle, as did another person. Spurlock said he expects both the list of plaintiffs and the number of charges against Diaz to grow.
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The victim had started bringing a bottle of water to work every day after purchasing a bottle from a dispenser at the office in August that smelled and tasted funny. If she didn’t finish the bottle during her shift, she would leave it at work for the next day.
But after a few days, he noticed that this bottle also began to smell. And then in September, the co-worker who made her coffee looked at the bottle and asked why it was yellow.
“I felt grossed out,” the victim told KHOU11. “I put it up to my face, sniffed it, and it smelled like urine.”
The victim had a doctor he worked for perform a urinalysis, which confirmed the substance to be urine. She told other co-workers what happened and one of them said that she had experienced something similar.
He immediately contacted the police and the building’s management company. But the company waited six days to alert all tenants of what happened, the complaint alleges.
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Diaz allegedly admitted the allegations when questioned by police, saying he did it with “malicious intent” and that it was a “disease.” He allegedly also admitted to doing something similar at a previous job.
He said he couldn’t remember the number of times he had done this and didn’t know he had any illness, but lab results confirmed he tested positive for the same illness as the victim.
Diaz is in ICE custody pending his first criminal court hearing.