ROCHESTER - A Wyoming County man who traveled more than two hours, with candy he bought as a gift, to have sexual relations with an 11-year-old pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Monday in U.S. District Court.

Daniel Hays, 42, of Bliss pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi said Hays, between April and May, “engaged in sexually explicit online and text communications” with a person he believed was an 11-year-old girl. The girl actually was an undercover state police investigator working with Department of Homeland Security.

During the conversations, Hays discussed having sex with the child, and asked the child to produce and send to him naked photographs.

On May 11, 2021 drove approximately two hours from Bliss to the child’s home in the Western District of New York, in order to have sex with the child. Hays was arrested upon his arrival at the meeting place, at which point he was found to be in possession of candy that he purchased as a gift for the child.

Hays is to be sentenced Oct. 19.

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