Kansas sex offender pleads guilty to child porn charges

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A registered child sex offender from El Dorado has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and other child exploitation charges. 

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 35-year-old Daniel Merida pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of possessing child pornography and one count each of producing child pornography, distributing child pornography, transporting child pornography and sending obscene material to a minor. 

Merida was indicted earlier this month.

In his plea, Merida admitted using the internet to contact a 12-year-old girl beginning in 2012. He used the internet to sexually exploit the victim, sending her obscene material and child pornography.

During a search in March 2018, Merida was found in possession of additional child pornography. After his arrest in November 2018, a second search revealed he had used online storage to transport more child pornography, and he was in possession of more child pornography on his phone.

He will be sentenced November 18. He could face up to 40 years in federal prison.

The KBI's Public Offender Registry shows Merida was convicted in Colorado in 2014 of felony internet sexual exploitation of a child. He also has convictions in Sedgwick County, Kansas of attempted aggravated battery and child endangerment. Those crimes happened in 2006. 

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