Texas School Police Officer Held Without Bond After Rape of 12-Year-Old

DEER PARK, Texas — A former school police officer is in jail without bond after being accused of raping a 12-year-old Deer Park girl he met on the MeetMe dating app.

Police say Jorge L. Bastida, 22, sent an Uber to the girl’s Deer Park home to take her to Cypress late Monday, before picking her up and taking her to the Guesthouse Inn.

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Bastida appeared in Harris County Probable Cause Court on Thursday morning, where a prosecutor provided details about the alleged rape at the hotel. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Deer Park police began looking for the girl after she was reported missing and found her six hours later.

Officers got the mother’s consent to search the girl’s iPad and saw messages between her and a man by the name of “Jay” on the dating site, police said. The officers found nude photos of the girl, as well as conversations about sexual acts, and eventually tracked the man’s profile to Bastida, the prosecutor said in court Thursday.

The girl’s mother got a call on Tuesday from the Guesthouse Inn, and officers watched surveillance video of people, who appeared to be Bastida and the girl, checking into the hotel.

Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the girl exited the hotel room and told police about “Jay.” She said she met him on the MeetMe site, and they went to the hotel, the prosecutor said.

The girl told police that Bastida held her down by the neck and raped her, according to police records. She told him to stop, telling him she was only 12 years old, but he assaulted her again, the prosecutor said. The girl said that he filmed the entire incident on his cellphone.

The girl was transported to the hospital, where medical authorities said her injuries were consistent with an assault.

Bastida admitted talking to the girl on MeetMe, as well as receiving the nude photos and sending an Uber to pick her up, the prosecutor said. He also said they went to the hotel room, however, he wouldn’t answer questions on the alleged assault.

A search warrant for Bastida’s cellphone produced two of “Jay’s” profile pictures from the MeetMe app, as well as proof on his Uber account that he paid for the trip from Deer Park to Cypress, according to police records.

The prosecutor requested bond be set at $200,000, and a public defender requested no higher than $50,000.

The judge instead set Bastida’s bond at $250,000, which has since been changed to no bond, according to the Harris County District Court and Harris County Jail websites.

Source: https://www.wdsu.com/article/former-school-police-officer-held-without-bond-in-alleged-rape-of-12-year-old/23624312

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