A Houston police officer is out on $50,000 bond after being arrested on allegations that he raped a teenage girl he met while she was working at a local restaurant.
Ruben Anthony Carrera has been charged with sexual assault of a child under 17, a second-degree felony, according to court documents, after allegedly having sexual contact with a 15-year-old victim he met at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, where the girl worked.
A coworker at the fast-food place reported the sexual contact after seeing Carrera hugging and kissing the girl on multiple occasions at the restaurant, according to court documents.
"I figured he wanted more; she's a minor, she's not supposed to. They came in like a normal couple and left in a patrol car. Pretty much he would go take her home, just bring her back," the coworker told KHOU.
The girl later told investigators Carrera sexually assaulted her in her bedroom, according to court documents, and only stopped because he received a call over his police radio. The victim told investigators that Carrera was wearing his police uniform during the incident.
Carrera admitted to having a "dating relationship" with the victim, who he reportedly knew was only 15 years old, according to court documents.
The officer also admitted to kissing and hugging the girl, and told investigators that he visited her house multiple times.
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Neighbors of the victim told KHOU that they would often see the patrol car backed into a certain spot, where it would stay for hours at a time.
"I would see his police car there from time to time. But at first we thought he was investigating a crime. We would come out of our house sometimes and would see the car and say, 'Holy cow, what's going on?'" said one neighbor.
Carrera is on paid administrative leave from his position at Central Command, where he has worked for the past two years.
The officer could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.