Kansas sex offender charged with producing, distributing child porn

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A registered child sex offender from El Dorado has been indicted on charges of producing and distributing child pornography. 

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 35-year-old Daniel Merida was indicted Wednesday on two counts of distributing child porn, two counts of committing crimes against minors while a registered sex offender, and one count each of producing child porn, possession of child porn, sending obscene material to a minor and transporting child porn.

Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred at various times from 2014 to 2018 in Butler County.

If convicted, Merida faces 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.

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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