DEER PARK, Texas – A Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Deer Park girl who went missing Tuesday, police said.
Jorge Luis Bastida, 22, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Police said the girl was found safe in a hotel in Cypress around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to authorities, she met Bastida -- known as "Jay" from Cypress -- on an app called MeetMe.
Police believed the girl was in “extreme danger" after she was picked up from her home early Tuesday morning and taken to Houston, police said.
“We started going through her social media accounts and discovered she was communicating with an unknown male who had arranged to have her picked up from her residence and taken to an unknown location,” said Lt. Chris Brown of the Deer Park Police Department.
Authorities said the Fairmont Junior High student was using a school-issued iPad to communicate with Bastida.
Deer Park ISD told KPRC 2 as of Monday, the MeetMe app was not installed on the child's device and the website was blocked. So, it's not clear how she was in touch with Bastida but the conversations police had access to from the app were alarming.
“The conversations were similar to those we've seen in the past of pedophiles who try to lure children out of the house,” Brown said.