Officer accused of raping Deer Park girl appears in court

HOUSTON – The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District police officer who is accused of raping a 12-year-old Deer Park girl made an appearance in court Thursday.

Jorge Bastida, 22, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with the brief disappearance Tuesday of a Fairmont Junior High school student. 

Deer Park police said Bastida and the girl met through the online chat service Meet Me, and that the girl was using a school-issued iPad to use the service.

Investigators said Bastida arranged for an Uber to pick up the girl early Tuesday and take her to an apartment in Cypress. Bastida then took the girl from that apartment to the Guest House Hotel on Huffmeister Road in Houston, where the girl was later found, investigators said.

Police issued a notice after the girl was reported missing, saying they believed she was in “extreme danger.”

During Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors said that the girl told Bastida that she was 12, but he threw her on the bed and raped her. Prosecutors said Bastida also recorded the encounter.

The judge ordered Bastida held in jail on $250,000 bond, noting that he had been placed in a position of trust with children. The judge also prohibited Bastida from having any contact with the girl, her family or any child under the age of 17. He also said Bastida cannot possess any weapons.

Cy-Fair ISD officials said in a written statement Tuesday that Bastida was a trainee and resigned while he was being investigated.

VIDEO: Bastida appears in court

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