Former Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy who fled country charged with child sex crimes

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 10:32 AM CDT
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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KWCH) - A former Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy who fled the country amid an investigation into child sex crimes made his first appearance before a Sumner County judge on Wednesday.

Derick Chandler is charged with five counts including sexual exploitation of a child, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a minor under 14 years old. All of which carry up to a maximum of life in prison, if convicted.

The charges stem from an August 2018 investigation by the Wellington Police Department.

During the investigation, Chandler fled the country to Istanbul, Turkey where he was believed to be going to joining the French Foreign Legion.

Sumner County Attorney Larry Marczynski said since there were no charges filed yet at the time, the Turkish government was not required to send Chandler back to the United State. He said his extradition back to the states comes after the former deputy was detained in Budapest, Hungary for 45 days, while the International Court of Justice and the Netherlands filed the paperwork.

On Wednesday, the judge set Chandler’s bond at $1 million. If he bonds out of jail, he will have to wear a GPS monitor and report to the probation office daily. He is also to have no contact with children under 18 years old.

Chandler is due back in court on April 1 at 11 a.m.

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