NOVATO (CBS SF) — A San Rafael man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly sexually abusing a Novato girl over a three-year period, police said.

Police said officers arrested 37-year-old Arturo Hernandez around 9:15 a.m. when he was spotted in Novato on his way to meet with the victim, who is a teenager under 18.

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The arrest stemmed from an investigation that began on June 25 when Novato police received information from Windsor police about a case of ongoing sexual abuse of a child in Novato, according to police.

Police said investigators learned that the sexual abuse may have occurred both in Novato and San Rafael over a period of three years and that Hernandez allegedly began abusing the victim when she was 13.

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When the alleged abuse began, he lived with the victim’s family, police said.

Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of a slew of charges including meeting with a minor for sex, lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation with a minor under 16, police said.

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