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Florida man accused of exorcism on 80-year-old girlfriend

David Edward Benes is being held without bail for trying to exorcise demons out of his 80-year-old girlfriend

According to Fox News on Wednesday, authorities in Pasco County, Florida, say a 54-year-old man held down his 80-year-old girlfriend and tried to exorcise her and get the devil out of her.

David Edward Benes remained in jail Thursday following his arrest on charges that include domestic battery on a person older than 65, tampering with a witness and false imprisonment.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the incident began Monday, she fell asleep, and the exorcism continued on Tuesday. Deputies say Benes took the batteries out of the house phones to keep his girlfriend from calling for help, and he took her car keys. Eventually she fell asleep, according to the report, and on Tuesday the exorcism began again.

It was unclear who contacted authorities, but deputies found Benes' girlfriend sitting outside the home crying. She had bruised and scratched arms. Benes was on the couch too drunk to remember what happened, the report states. He told deputies his girlfriend started the fight "because she is crazy."

Benes was arrested on charges of domestic battery on a person 65 or older, tampering with a witness and false imprisonment. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday without bail. Records show he's been convicted of battery twice in Pasco County and once of violating a domestic violence injunction.

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