POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A foreign national was arrested and charged with repeatedly sexual battery of a child in Polk County on Wednesday.
According to the sheriff’s office, Carlos Calderon, 41, of Auburn, a Mexican national, was arrested.
Detectives were told by an adult of a disclosure made by a child (who is 12-years-old or younger) that Calderon had sexually explicit photos of a child on his cell phone.
Further investigation revealed the child disclosed she had been repeatedly sexually battered and violated by Calderon, starting when she was 7-years-old.
Detectives got access to Calderon’s cell phone and discovered the photos he had taken of the child.
Detectives also found a sex toy in Calderon’s bedroom that was described by the child.
Calderon admitted to taking the sexually explicit photos of the child and battering her.
When asked how many times he committed a specific type of sexual battery, Calderon responded “hell, I don’t know.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirmed Calderon has children of his own with his wife.
He allegedly told deputies of the abuse, “It’s not my fault, it’s hers.”
When Calderon’s fingerprints were entered into a database, the sheriff’s office received a warrant for arrest of alien from the US Department of Homeland Security.
The warrant states Calderon either lacks immigrant status or regardless of his status, he is removable from the US under U.S. immigrant law.
Sheriff Judd said Calderon told the sheriff’s office he is here on an expired work Visa from Mexico, but other data says he is in the states on another valid work permit.
Calderon is allegedly in the process of applying for permanent residency.
ICE is aware of Calderon’s arrest.
Calderon is charged with two counts of sexual battery of a child, two counts of lewd molestation of a child under the age of 12, two counts of sexual performance by a child and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
In all, he is charged with eight felonies.
He is being held in the Polk County Jail on $400,000 bond and two counts of no bond.