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Crestline man accused of beating, torturing woman over two-day period

Crestline man accused of beating, torturing woman over two-day period
Monte Shultz, a Crestline resident, was arrested on suspicion of torture after officials say he beat and held a woman captive for two days. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

A Crestline man accused of beating and torturing a woman over two days pleaded not guilty to charges Wednesday.

Monte Shultz, 56, faces charges of torture and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, court records show.

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San Bernardino County deputies went to Shultz's home in the 23900 block of Straight Way after receiving a call around 5:30 p.m. Monday from someone requesting a welfare check on a person.

The caller said the woman was believed to be suffering from great bodily harm and wanted deputies to check on her and Shultz, the sheriff's department said.

Deputies discovered the woman was suffering from traumatic injuries to her head and face. She told deputies she had been beaten and tortured by Shultz over the previous two days.

She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was in critical condition.

Deputies and detectives learned that Shultz is a convicted sex offender. However, in 2013, the Department of Justice suspended his requirement to register with law enforcement, the sheriff's department said.

Shultz was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

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