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Banning Man, 47, Accused Of Performing Sex Acts On 2-Year-Old Relative

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BANNING (CBS) — A Banning man is accused of performing sex acts on a 2-year-old relative, according to authorities.

Antonio Peralta Garcia, 47, could face 15 years in prison if convicted of the felonies.

He was charged today with attempted oral copulation of a child under 10 years old and lewd acts on a minor.

Garcia, who remains held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility, is slated to be arraigned this afternoon at the Banning Courthouse.

According to Banning police, around 2 p.m. Monday, officers were summoned to an apartment in the 700 block of West Nicolet Street to investigate sexual molestation allegations.

“The victim’s mother came home and found the suspect … committing a sexual act on the 2-year-old,” according to a police statement. “Garcia left the apartment after being confronted by the mother.”

He was located three blocks away, at 671 W. Ramsey St., where he was taken into custody without incident.

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