LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY)- Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Shortridge, 40, was terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, after it was learned he was facing charges of rape in Beauregard Parish.
After his termination Shortridge was immediately taken to the Beauregard Parish Jail, where he was booked.
Prior to being terminated Shortridge worked as a detective at the South Lake Charles Law Enforcement Center and had been with the department for approximately 19 years.
“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,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “I hold all of my deputies to a higher standard and criminal activity will not be tolerated in our department.”