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"Furious Allegations: Orange County Deputy Accused of Using Belt to Assault Child"

An Orange County deputy, identified as Tristan Chattic, 39, has been arrested on accusations of child abuse, according to the sheriff’s office. The arrest took place in Volusia County, as announced in a news release by the sheriff’s office.

According to an arrest affidavit, Volusia deputies responded to a call about a "domestic violence issue" at Fish Memorial Hospital around 9 p.m. There, they encountered a woman and her two children. The woman reported that Chattic became enraged when one of the children plugged in an electronic tablet to do homework after he had unplugged it. Chattic allegedly struck the child and then proceeded to physically assault the woman, including hitting her, grabbing her hair, choking her, and pushing her to the floor. He purportedly continued the assault by pinning her down and using his belt to strike her.

The child was taken to the hospital to check for injuries. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was briefed on the incident by Volusia deputies, who then met with Chattic at his residence.

Chattic admitted to disciplining the child with the belt, citing disobedience as the reason.

Chattic, who was hired in February 2015, has been relieved of all law enforcement duties without pay pending the investigation. Sheriff John Mina emphasized a zero-tolerance policy towards child abuse and domestic violence, promising a thorough investigation with public disclosure of the results. Following the conclusion of the criminal proceedings, an administrative investigation will be conducted by the sheriff’s office.

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