Wyoming County Man Going To Prison For Attempting To Have Sex With 11-Year Old Girl

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Daniel Hays, 42, of Bliss, NY, who was convicted of attempted receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to serve five years in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, stated that during April and May of 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 New York 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, 2021, Hays traveled 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.   

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.    

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