HOUSTON -

A retired Harris County deputy accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for years appeared before a judge Friday.

According to court documents, John Van Trump is charged with super aggravated sexual assault. That's a stronger, even more serious charge filed when the victim is younger than 6.

Police say Trump started sexually assaulting his girlfriend's daughter when she was five years old. The girl is now 8 years old.

Trump, 68, spent more than 30 years with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He left in 2009.