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Posted at 7:37 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 19:55:35-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A jury found Case Ortiz guilty, Friday evening, in a trial for a former Cape Coral officer who was accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls.

Thirty-five-year-old Casey Ortiz was first accused of sexual assault in the spring of 2014, when a teenage girl claimed she had sex with the officer during unauthorized ride-alongs. Ortiz was then fired from the force. 

The jury found him guilty Friday, after viewing an interview between the alleged victim and a children's advocate. During the interview, the alleged victim described Ortiz's bedroom and home. "I was afraid he was going to hurt me," she said. 

She also said he asked her for inappropriate photos over the texting app KIK. "He goes, can you send me a picture of your boobs, so I sent them to him."

Shortly after, another woman took the stand, saying she also had sexual relations with Ortiz as a minor. "He told me to get down in the back so nobody see's you," said the woman describing an incident in Ortiz's patrol car. "He said, we don't have time to [explicit], so [explicit] my [explicit]."

The now 19-year-old said she decided to come forward after seeing the case on the news. She said she met Ortiz while being transferred to a rehabilitation facility. 

Ortiz chose not to testify.