Bolivar man indicted on sex crimes

A Bolivar man was indicted by a federal grand jury today (tues) on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a child. 44 year old Merle G. Daniels, is accused of using a victim under the age of 16 to produce child pornography from November 9 to December 9, 2022. Daniels was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Daniels is a registered sex offender after having been previously convicted of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sodomy, and interference with custody in Greene County. Daniels is also charged with one count of being a registered sex offender and committing a felony offense involving a minor, and one count of transferring obscene material to the child victim.