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A 35-year-old man was in custody Wednesday after being arrested in Banning for allegedly raping, sodomizing and kidnapping a special needs woman “incapable of providing consent” over several years.

The Banning Police Department received a report on Feb. 6, 2020, that Rene Leonel Robles Cerna had been sexually assaulting the woman, leading detectives to begin an investigation, police said.

Detectives contacted Cerna at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday morning and placed him under arrest.

He was booked into the Larry Smith Correctional Facility on one charge each of rape of a victim incapable of providing consent, sodomy of a victim incapable of providing consent and kidnapping.

No further details were released.

Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call the Banning Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 951-922-3170.

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