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Kansas man pleads guilty to child porn charges

A 35-year-old Kansas man who is registered sex offender has admitted producing and distributing child pornography.

Daniel Eric Merida, of El Dorado, pleaded guilty Thursday to six charges related to child pornography. He will be sentenced Nov. 18.

Court records indicate Merida admitted to starting an online relationship with a 12-year-old girl in 2012 that lasted six years. During that time, Merida persuaded the girl to take explicit photos of herself.

Federal prosecutors say authorities found Merida with child pornography during a March 2018 search. They also found child porn on Merida’s phone.

Merida was convicted in 2014 of a child sex crime in a Colorado case.

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