Calcasieu deputy fired after arrest on rape charge in Beauregard

Calcasieu deputy fired after arrest on rape charge in Beauregard
Shortridge worked for the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center for 19 years. (Source: BPSO)

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office terminated a deputy arrested on a rape charge in Beauregard Parish, according to Kim Myers, CPSO spokeswoman.

Robert Shortridge, 40, is accused of raping a family friend at a home in Ragley, according to Beauregard Sheriff's Office Chief Detective Mark Herford.

Shortridge was arrested Tuesday and Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso terminated him that same day. Shortridge worked as a detective at the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center and had been with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office for 19 years.

Herford says deputies received a complaint of a rape around 6:05 a.m. on July 15 in Ragley. The victim stated that Shortridge raped her that morning.

Herford says BPSO detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Shortridge. The victim was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Shortridge turned himself in on the afternoon of July 17. He faces one count of third-degree rape. He is being held at the Beauregard Parish jail with no bond.

Sheriff Mancuso released this statement:

"I am not only sorry for the victim, I am embarrassed for our profession. Our department has many dedicated men and women who take their oath seriously and the actions of one deputy gives them all a black eye. I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard and criminal activity will not be tolerated in our department."

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