Jury deliberates in former CCPD officer sexual assault trial

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The trial of a former Cape Coral Police Department officer accused of sexual assault continued Friday with more testimony from his accusers.

Casey Ortiz listened while an hour-long taped interview was played in court of one of his accusers and a case worker from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida. The recording was made in Feb. 2014, several months after the alleged incident.

The case worker also testified Friday, saying the teenager seemed confused when trying to recall the facts. During the taped interview, the accuser had trouble remembering exactly what happened but she did describe the alleged sexual encounter between the two.

“I was trying to pull my pants back up, I was scared and nervous,” the teen said in the recording.

During closing arguments, the state said Ortiz took advantage of a teenager regardless of if she consented or not.

Ortiz has plead not guilty and denied any sexual activity between the two.

The defense argued Friday there’s almost no evidence linking Ortiz to the accuser other than her testimony.

Jury deliberations began late Friday afternoon and are expected to continue throughout the night.

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