A former Tucson police officer is being sought on suspicion of distributing child pornography on the Internet, officials said Friday.

Martin Ward, 29, is facing a charge of one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Ward was hired as a police officer in April 2007. In December 2012, Ward resigned from the department in lieu of termination as a result of an unrelated internal investigation, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

In March, detectives began investigating online sharing and distributing of child pornography in the Tucson area. They identified an online user who lived on the east side who had been sharing multiple files, Widmer said.

On Thursday, police searched a residence in the 9200 block of East Palm Tree Drive, near East 22nd Street and South Harrison Road, and found several videos depicting child pornography.

Ward was identified as the suspect and an arrest warrant was issued, Widmer said.

Anyone with information on Ward’s whereabouts can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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