ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A former Florida sheriff’s deputy is out of a job and facing a child abuse charge after investigators accused him of performing an exorcism on a child and giving a rifle to another, telling her to fire it at anyone who came into his Orange County home.
A girl at the scene claimed that Dougherty had given her a rifle, Kevlar helmet and bulletproof vest, along with instructions to shoot anyone who came inside, WFTV reported. He also is accused of performing an exorcism on a different child, the arrest warrant said.
Deputies took Dougherty to a nearby hospital, “where he was held under the Baker Act,” according to WFTV. Authorities arrested him after his release, the news outlet reported.
Citing “unsatisfactory performance finding in a separate matter,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office also fired Dougherty on Sunday, WFTV reported.
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