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Florida Deputy Accused of Beating, Stepping on Daughter For Using an Tablet to Help With Homework

Tristan Chattic, an Orange County deputy, has been relieved of duty without pay while an investigation is ongoing

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A Florida deputy was charged with aggravated child abuse on Thursday in Volusia County, Fla., reports WFTV, Fox 35 and Spectrum News.

On Wednesday, Orange County deputy Tristan Chattic allegedly choked, stepped on and hit his 13-year-old daughter with a belt because he was angry that she used a tablet to help her with homework, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, reports Fox 35.

The Volusia County deputies responded to Fish Memorial Hospital after receiving a domestic violence issue report. Upon arrival, Chattic's wife told authorities feared her daughter was injured, per the affidavit.

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The victim worked on her homework while using a tablet when she used the device’s Alexa feature to answer a question about her homework. Chattic then allegedly became angry at her for using the tablet and unplugged the device, which led his daughter to plug it back in. This caused Chattic to "become extremely angry," per the affidavit.

He allegedly then yelled at her, slapped her in the face, grabbed her hair and choked her. The affidavit states he also pushed her off her chair, which caused her to hit her head on the floor. Chattic allegedly then stepped on the 13-year-old’s back as he pinned her down. He then hit her with his belt as he stepped on her back, per the affidavit.

Chattic's wife saw her husband step on their daughter’s back while he hit her, per the affidavit, However, she didn't see the altercation begin. She “went to intervene, but (Chattic) was in a rage at this point.”

His wife also told deputies that Chattic has recently become “very volatile" and unable to control his temper, per the affidavit. She allegedly claimed Chattic "has never become physical but is very mentally and emotionally abusive.”

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When questioned later, Chattic told deputies he was upset because his daughter was grounded and wasn't allowed to have any electronics. In an attempt to "scare" her, he claims he “gently” grabbed her, per the affidavit.

The Volusia County deputies were notified the house has a video camera inside the home — to monitor if the children take after-bedtime snacks. However, deputies shared that the camera recording did not have footage, and due to the "suspicious nature," Chattic was then arrested.

Chattic, 39, was taken into custody on Wednesday and released on Thursday on a $5,000 bond. He was relieved of duty from the Orange County Sheriff’s office without pay as the criminal case proceeds. He has been employed by the OCSO since February 2015.

"These are extremely serious criminal allegations. At the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, we hold our deputies to the highest ethical standards whether they are on duty or off duty,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said in a statement, reports Spectrum News.

“I have a zero-tolerance policy toward child abuse — or any form of domestic violence,” continued Sheriff Mina. “These allegations will be thoroughly investigated and the results of that investigation will be made public."

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Chattic is scheduled for an arraignment on Feb. 29 in Volusia County Circuit Court.

Representatives for the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Volusia Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for more information on Thursday.

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