Police said in an arrest affidavit that their investigation of Nichols began when he responded to the online ad.
According to the affidavit, police said Nichols set up a meeting with the parents in Orlando. Upon Nichols’ arrival in Florida on Saturday, he was met instead by arresting police officers.
At the time of his arrest, Nichols had Sour Patch Kids candy, a bag of Skittles and a bottle of lubricant, investigators said.
Nichols has been charged in Florida with attempted sexual battery of a child younger than 12, attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation of a minor via computer, obscene communication and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
He remained in a Florida jail Monday morning with bail on the combined charges set at $1,500, but a hold has been placed on his case to keep him in custody, Orange County jail records show.