Chino Hills police arrested a 32-year-old Chino man Wednesday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a young girl during the past seven years.

Jose Raul Lara is being held on $350,000 bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on charges of oral copulation with a minor, sexual penetration by an object on a minor and continuous sexual abuse of a child, Chino Hills Police announced today.

Mr. Lara was arrested at 5:35 p.m. in the 5500 block of Mission Boulevard in Montclair, jail records show.

Deputies in the Chino Hills station on Feb. 21 learned a man was having a sexual relationship with a young girl since 2013 and an investigation began, said Deputy Stephine Garcia.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Crimes Against Children Detail division also got involved, the deputy said.

"Mr. Lara was contacted and interviewed. At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Lara was booked for several sex crimes," Deputy Garcia said.

The suspect was first booked into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino before he was transferred into the West Valley Detention Center.

The age of the victim was not released. Investigators believe the crimes took place in Montclair and Chino. 

Anyone with information can call Deputy Garcia at 364-2000 or the WeTip Hotline at (800) 782-7463.

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The phrase "sexual relationship" is misleading. An adult can not have a "sexual relationship" with a child. It's called rape. It's called sexual abuse. Call it what it is.

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