staff and news service reports
updated 10/15/2010 5:17:40 AM ET 2010-10-15T09:17:40

A father in California has been ordered to stand trial on assault and other charges for allegedly tying up a man and using a stun gun on him for sending a racy cell phone photo to his 17-year-old daughter.

A Riverside County judge ruled Thursday there was sufficient evidence to try 45-year-old William Atwood on charges of making criminal threats, false imprisonment, assault with a stun gun and assault with a deadly weapon.

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Atwood has pleaded not guilty.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that Justin Moore said at a preliminary hearing that Atwood lured him to his home in January.

Moore, 24, said Atwood fired a shotgun in the air, then told him to strip down to his boxer shorts, tied him up and shocked him with a stun gun.

Moore also testified Atwood threatened to bury him on an Indian reservation.

Authorities say that Atwood turned Moore over to police after about an hour, the paper reported.

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According to the Press-Enterprise, deputies laughed when they spotted Moore outside the home.

"They said they never saw anything like that before, and they thought it was funny," Moore said.

The Associated Press and staff contributed to this report.


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