- Associated Press - Monday, July 23, 2018

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 (KAL’-kuh-shoo) 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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