Houston More charges were filed against a janitor who told investigators his “illness” had led him to commit heinous and unspeakable acts against staff at a doctor’s office along Eastern Highway, leaving several staff members with lifelong illnesses.
The actions in question were caught on a spy camera installed by a suspicious woman who had a hunch that something wasn’t right with the office’s water supply.
Her gut feeling led to the arrest of Lucio Catarino Diaz, 50, who was charged in October with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The janitor contracted herpes simplex 1 and transmitted the disease to a woman after repeatedly urinating into her water bottle.
It turns out that she was not alone. On November 16, two counts of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon were brought against Diaz after two other women were found to have the same disease.
Houston police said the disturbing events took place at the doctor’s office, where the first victim had worked for 20 years.
According to court documents, there was a 5-gallon water dispenser in the medical clinic that was used by staff and others. It was the type of dispenser that had hot and cold settings and was located in a common area to be shared.
On August 30, an employee dispensed water from it and noticed a strange taste and smell. The woman said, after noticing the water tasted sour, she emptied it.
Since then, she no longer drinks from the dispenser and brings her own water bottle to fill.
The next incident occurred in late September.
The woman said she left her own bottle, which was half full of water, on her desk. When I went to drink the water a day or so later, I noticed that it had the same kind of funky taste and smell that I had encountered at a common dispenser.
She emptied the water and threw her personal bottle away.
Then, she bought another bottle to bring to work.
One day, a co-worker offered to pour her some coffee into the bottle, but when she removed the cap, she noticed a yellowish liquid inside.
Houston police said the women smelled them, and they realized it was urine.
They took the bottle to the doctor on site, who ran a lab test on the liquid. The results confirmed that it was indeed urine, according to court documents.
They shared their findings with another co-worker, who then noticed that she, too, experienced a strange event similar to what they had experienced.
Since there were no security cameras in the office, the woman whose water bottle was violated bought a small camera from Amazon and connected it to her computer. Within a short period of time, the motion detector alerted that there is movement near the camera.
The woman reviewed her independent monitoring system, which showed a disgusting job.
According to investigators, the cameras showed the janitor uncapping the water bottle on the woman’s desk, unzipping it, and placing his portion inside the bottle.
After urinating into the bottle, he rewrapped the water bottle and placed it back on the desk.
Footage showed him repeating the despicable act twice over the course of a few days.
The woman immediately called the police, who went to question Diaz.
During questioning, investigators said Diaz admitted he did so with malicious intent, according to the documents. He allegedly told investigators he had a “disease” and did not know how many times he had urinated in the workers’ drinking supplies.
Blood and urine samples were obtained from Diaz, and the results indicated that he had two sexually transmitted diseases. Documents indicate that one of them, herpes, was incurable.
The victim also had lab work done and learned she had the incurable disease. Doctors said it could have been transmitted to her after she had direct contact with Diaz’s bodily fluids, which he placed on her personal belongings.
Doctors also said the disease can weaken the immune system and, in some cases, be life-threatening.
The prosecutor’s office accepted the charges against Diaz on October 13. He was arrested and detained by immigration officials.
After testing other workers, he learned that they also experienced the same outcome. Further charges were brought against Diaz, who has remained in prison since his arrest in the first case.
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