A former police officer has been arrested after allegedly performing an exorcism on one child and arming another with a rifle and telling them to shoot anyone who entered their home.
The sheriff’s office said deputy Christopher Dougherty was arrested after deputies responded to a 911 call about a residential alarm and reported child abuse.
The now-former officer of Orange County was hired in January 2006 and worked in the uniform patrol division.
According to the arrest warrant, a child told deputies that Dougherty armed her with a rifle, bulletproof vest and Kevlar helmet and told her to lie down in a bedroom and shoot anyone who entered after he performed an exorcism on another child.
Dougherty was taken to hospital where he was held under the Backer Act, reports WFTV news.
Deputies said upon his release from hospital, he was arrested.
They also said he was taken into custody on Sunday, the same day his job with the department was terminated for “an unsatisfactory performance finding in a separate matter”.
“While this deputy was terminated for a pattern of unsatisfactory performance, these are very serious criminal allegations,” Sheriff John Mina said in a statement. “
“As law enforcement officers, we are held to the highest standards of conduct whether on duty or off duty. But we are also concerned about the deputy’s mental health.”