Pasco man accused of exorcism of elderly girlfriend

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HOLIDAY, FL. - Pasco County authorities arrested a man who they say held down his 80-year-old girlfriend and tried to "exorcise her and the get the devil out of her."

The incident began on Monday, when deputies say 54-year-old David Edward Benes took the batteries out of the house phones to keep his girlfriend from calling for help, and then he took her car keys.

An arrest report says the exorcism continued on Tuesday. Deputies found the woman sitting outside crying, with scratches on her arms.

Benes says was too drunk to remember what happened, and told deputies his girlfriend started the fight because "she is crazy."

He was charged with Domestic Battery on a Person older than 65, Tampering with a witness and false imprisonment.