A now-former Florida deputy lost his job after he was arrested Sunday on child abuse allegations. According to the Orange County Sherriff’s Office, Christopher Dougherty, 37, has been fired from his position as a deputy following a disturbing incident with his children. Dougherty allegedly armed his daughter with a rifle and told her to shoot anyone who walked onto their property.
An arrest affidavit states that Dougherty also performed an exorcism on his son and told his children that the home had demons in it, the Orlando Sentinel reports. When police arrived at the home, they found Dougherty armed with a gun, and his daughter lying down in a shooting position while holding a rifle. Another child had a taser.
The daughter reportedly told authorities that her father gave her the rifle, a bulletproof vest, and a Kevlar helmet. He allegedly ordered her to hide in the bedroom while keeping watch. The girl also said that when she woke up earlier that morning, Dougherty told her they needed to burn possessed demons in the house.
The affidavit obtained by ABC 9 reads, “They burned several items in the drain in the parking lot and performed an exorcism on her brother. The girl stated she trusts her father and would have shot anyone who came in.”
Dougherty was subsequently admitted to a local hospital under the Baker Act. He was arrested upon hospital release. Dougherty was fired from his position at the OCSO for “unsatisfactory performance”, according to Sheriff John Mina, who didn’t go into further detail about the termination.