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Man pleads not guilty to apartment assaults

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VISTA (CNS) - A man accused of committing domestic violence and sexual battery at an apartment in San Marcos pleaded not guilty Monday to a half-dozen charges, including kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Garth Clem, 37, was ordered held on $150,000 bail.

The defendant was taken into custody in the 600 block of South Twin Oaks Valley Road last Tuesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Paul Michalke.

Around 8:15 that night, deputies were asked to do a welfare check at an apartment in the area, and once there, they heard a female screaming and a witness directed them to an apartment, Michalke said.

The screaming victim met deputies at the front door and was taken to a local hospital so she could be treated for injuries she suffered in a domestic violence assault, he said, adding that Clem was taken into custody inside the apartment with the help of a police dog.

"It was later determined there were two additional victims of a sexual battery," Michalke said without elaboration.

Clem will be back in court March 10 for a readiness conference and March 12 for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to nine years and eight months in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor.

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