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A Lakeland man has confessed to sexually abusing two children, a 13-month-old and 2-year-old, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the abuse was videotaped.
The Department of Homeland Security contacted the Sheriff's Office as a result of a child pornography investigation. Federal agents had seized six videos, including four originals and two duplicates, in Miami during an unrelated investigation in August 2013.
The videos showed a man whose face is partially visible as he sexually abuses two infants.
The ensuing investigation, aided by a forensic sketch artist, led the investigators to a potential suspect in Lakeland.
After further investigation, the man was identified as Benjamin Cuadrado, 40.
He was arrested at his home at 1118 Country Club Road on Tuesday. He later admitted to sexually abusing two children and making videos of the attacks, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"This man is a monster. There are no other words to describe him," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a written statement.
Cuadrado was being held without bond on two counts of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.
More charges may be filed, investigators say.