Kansas sex offender pleads guilty to producing, distributing child pornography

(Source: Butler County Jail)

EL DORADO, Kan. (KWCH) Friday, August 30, 2019

A Kansas sex offender from El Dorado pleaded guilty Thursday to production of child pornography and other child exploitation charges.

Daniel Eric Merida, 35, El Dorado, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography, one count of distributing child pornography, one count of transporting child pornography, two counts of possessing child pornography, and one count of sending obscene material to a minor.

In his plea, Merida admitted using the internet to contact a minor beginning in 2012 when she was 12 years old. He used the internet to sexually exploit the victim, sending her obscene material and well as child pornography. During a search in March 2018, he was found in possession of additional child pornography. After his arrest in November 2018, a second search revealed the defendant had used online storage to transport more child pornography, and he was in possession of more child pornography on his phone.

Sentencing is set for November 18, 2019. The government has agreed to argue for a sentence of no more than 40 years in federal prison.
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A Kansas sex offender was indicted Wednesday for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.

Daniel Eric Merida, 35, of El Dorado, was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of producing child pornography, two counts of committing crimes against minors while registered as a sex offender, two counts of distributing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, one count of sending obscene material to a minor and one count of transporting child pornography.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred at various times from 2014 to 2018 in Butler County.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

▪️ Producing child pornography: Not less than 25 years and not more than 50 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
▪️ Felonies involving minors while a registered sex offender: A term of 10 years, consecutive to sentences on other counts.
▪️ Distributing child pornography: Not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
▪️ Possessing child pornography: Not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
▪️ Sending obscene material to a minor: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
▪️ Transporting child pornography: Not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
▪️ Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.