A Houston Police Department (HPD) sergeant was arrested for allegedly paying for sex with a woman he knew was a human trafficking victim.

“On Wednesday, December 27, 2023, a Houston Police Department (HPD) sergeant was arrested by HPD for solicitation of prostitution and booked into the Harris County Jail,” the HPD said in a statement.

“Sergeant Cesar Beltran, assigned to the Midwest Patrol Division, was sworn in as an officer in June 1998. As a standard protocol, he was relieved of duty pending an investigation by the Houston Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division,” the statement continued.

ABC 13 reports:

A Houston Police Department sergeant bonded out of jail after he was arrested, allegedly for paying for sex with a woman he knew was a victim of human trafficking, court documents show.

HPD said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that they arrested 57-year-old Sgt. Cesar Beltran on Wednesday.

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He was charged with solicitation of prostitution and booked into the Harris County Jail.

ABC13 looked into it, and though he was set to appear in probable cause court on Thursday, he bonded out of jail before the appearance. His bond was set at $10,000.

According to charging documents, Beltran agreed to pay a high-risk victim of human trafficking in exchange for sex with her as part of an ongoing arrangement.

The Messenger noted:

Charging documents seen by The Messenger showed the alleged offense happened on Dec. 18, with Beltran paying the woman a fee in exchange for “straight sex.” The charging documents note that he was aware of the woman’s status as a victim of trafficking.

It was also reported the officer tried to arrange a threesome with the victim and a family member, who was also a trafficking victim.

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