A 50-year-old pediatric nurse in San Diego pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting two young children left in his care under the county's foster parent program.
Michael Lutts, who worked at a Kaiser Permanente hospital, admitted taking "sexually explicit" pictures at his home of an 11-month-old girl and a 2-month-old boy born prematurely.
He faces a maximum 80 years in prison when sentenced April 20. He pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to three felony counts.
The FBI began investigating Lutts after a computer search in another case found that he controlled an email address that was sending child pornography to someone suspected of distributing child pornography, according to court documents.
As part of a plea bargain, Lutts agreed to forfeit ownership of his home.
"This is a deeply disturbing case," said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy.