DEER PARK, Texas — A former Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District police officer was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for the rape of a 12-year-old girl he met on the "Meet Me" app.
Last month, now-23-year-old Jorge Luis Bastida pled guilty to one count of sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
"The plea deal ensures that Bastida admits his guilt and takes responsibility," stated Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. "It also means the young girl will not be victimized again by having to take the witness stand to testify against her attacker."
Police say Bastida met the girl on the Meet Me app and sent an Uber to pick her up from her Deer Park home on October 1, 2018. The Uber took the girl to Bastida's Cypress, Texas, home where he then took her to a motel in the 10000 block of Huffmeister Road.
After sexually assaulting the girl and filming the incident, police say, the next morning, Bastida gave her money for a candy bar and left for work.
Police officers searched the girl's iPad after she was reported missing and discovered the Meet Me app and messages between the victim and a user named "Jay."
Later that morning, the girl called her parents from the motel room. She was picked up by police and taken to an area hospital where medical experts said her injuries were consistent with a sexual assault.
Police later linked "Jay's" profile to Bastida and surveillance video at the motel showed the two walking to the room.
“He swore an oath to protect children,” stated Ogg. “He promised to protect and serve one of our most vulnerable populations and instead, he exploited and violated a young girl. He stole her childhood.”
“We count on people to protect us and our children, especially at school, and something like this is an absolute abuse of that trust,” stated Assistant District Attorney Kaitlin Kaufmann, who prosecuted the case. “He should be held to the exact same standard, if not a higher standard, as what he holds other people to on a daily basis.”
Kaufmann credited the Deer Park Police Department with conducting a thorough investigation that included taking DNA samples and electronic tracking.