Carmen Benitez is a court stenographer and graduate of Hudson University near the same class as Judge Charles Gallagher. Gallagher kidnapped her and held her hostage on his boat in the Hamptons, spiking her drink and stripping her naked so she's wake up feeling exposed as she was. Carmen begged Gallagher to take her back, because she couldn't swim due to growing up in the city, and Gallagher said he'd do so only if he raped her. Carmen didn't fight, and when she got back to shore, she filed a report to campus security, who refused to extend the matter to legal penalties. As Carmen was on financial aid, she couldn't risk her scholarship.
Carmen was tracked after Gallagher acquitted rapist Ian Hunter after Hunter raped Valentina Palma just from being another white Hudson student. When the detectives tried to fight the verdict, Carmen was found with other women digging into Gallagher's background of rape and sexual assault. She provided her account to detectives, and she even went as far as releasing the account of the rape to Buzzfeed. However, when Carmen's employer threatened to fire her and bar her from ever working in a courthouse again, she pulled her testimony out of the trial, for the sake of caring for her kids.
A.D.A. Isaiah Holmes, who didn't stand up for April Kelly after Gallagher raped her, recorded Gallagher's confession in a confrontation, which was enough for a plea deal. Presiding judge Annette Lewis threw out the plea of a year of house arrest, instead sentencing Gallagher's year be served in prison for sexual and judicial misconduct. (SVU: "The Long Arm Of The Witness")