ROCHESTER – A Wyoming County man has been sentenced to federal prison in connection with an attempt to have sex with a young girl.
Daniel Hays, 42, of Bliss was convicted of attempted receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to five years in prison and 10 years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.
Hays, who pleaded guilty to the charge in July, faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, said that during April and May 2021, Hays engaged in “sexually explicit online and text communications” with an individual who he believed to be an 11-year-old girl. In reality, the child was an undercover State Police investigator working with the 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, Hays traveled about 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, according to the U.S. Attorney.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.