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Toddler "Busts" Pedophile by Finding Damning CD; Ohio Man Confesses to Abuse, Say Cops

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(CBS/AP) An Ohio toddler who stumbled upon a CD depicting child abuse led authorities to bust a man for sex crimes that happened seven years earlier, and two-thousand miles away, in California.

Police in New Philadelphia, Ohio say the disc showed another child being molested by a Canton man, Jeffrey Roderick, perhaps in 2004, and led to his arrest and confession.

Roderick was in the Tuscarawas County jail under $1 million bond on a charge of pandering sexual material involving a minor, New Philadelphia police Capt. Michael Goodwin said. The FBI and Palm Springs police also were investigating, and Roderick was expected to be extradited to California to face additional charges, he said.

Roderick didn't enter a plea at a preliminary hearing Thursday. He was arrested Jan. 28.

The toddler found the CD lodged under a drawer in his New Philadelphia home, where police say Roderick had once lived with a previous owner. The toddler's mother then turned the CD over to police, who in turn tracked down the previous owner, and discovered that the child seen on the disc was her granddaughter.

The woman was unaware of the abuse and was "very distraught" Goodwin said.

Police said the woman had treated Roderick like a son at the time, letting him live at her Palm Springs and Ohio homes. The events on the CD occurred in Palm Springs in 2004, when Roderick was baby-sitting the child, who was about 1 or 2 years old, Goodwin said.

Roderick confessed after police told him the CD, containing photos and video clips, had been found, Goodwin said. A recording of his confession was played at his preliminary hearing, The Times-Reporter newspaper of Dover-New Philadelphia reported.

Police said they also found in their investigation that Roderick, 42, was honored in 2001 with some other residents of Palm Springs where he used to live, for - get this - helping to capture a child molestation suspect.