Nick Lane Chandler, 37, of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child Tuesday, the result of a joint operation involving Colorado Springs police and Florida Internet Crimes Against Children officials.
Colorado Springs police executed a search warrant on June 11 at Chandler's residence in 5150 Airport Rd., pertaining to the distribution of child pornography, said Barbara Miller, police spokeswoman.
Investigators recovered several computers and digital media containing approximately 100 sexually explicit images of a female child, police said. Forensic examiners determined the images were most likely created at Chandler's residence and placed onto his computer in June 2012.
On July 30, police said, a second search of Chandler's residence yielded evidence that a child had been assaulted there.
The victim was identified as a 5-year-old girl, resulting in Chandler's arrest on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.
In a turn of events, Chandler fled the state and Colorado Springs police worked with the FBI, the Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Homeland Security Investigation and Immigration Customs Enforcement in a joint investigation.
Florida officials found Chandler in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday at 10 p.m. and took him into custody, also recovering the child.