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La. sheriff's deputy accused of rape, fired

8 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, July 24 2018 Jul 24, 2018 July 24, 2018 5:49 AM July 24, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: American Press

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - A veteran sheriff's deputy in Louisiana has been fired after being arrested on a rape charge.

Robert Shortridge was fired from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and was being held without bond in the Beauregard Parish Jail. News outlets report that he was arrested in connection with the rape of a family friend July 15 at a home in Ragley.

He turned himself in to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday to face a charge of third-degree rape.

Shortridge is 40 years old. He was a detective with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office. He'd worked there for 19 years.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso fired him and posted a statement on Facebook saying, "I am not only sorry for the victim, I am embarrassed for our profession."

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