Reno, Nevada - A Reno man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to sexually exploiting his infant daughter and to distributing images of her engaged in sexually explicit conduct, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Derrick Joseph Rady, 36, of Reno, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography. United States District Judge Howard D. McKibben accepted the guilty pleas and scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 27, 2018.

According to court documents, Facebook and Google both reported possible child pornography on their sites to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Members of the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force executed search warrants and seized multiple electronic devices containing child pornography from Rady’s residence. He admitted to using his cell phone to take photos of his infant daughter’s genitals and of her touching his penis. These photos were uploaded automatically from the cell phone to a Google Drive cloud account. He further admitted to using his computer to distribute images of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Sexual exploitation carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The case was investigated by the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, the Reno Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon M. Bryant.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, make a report to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.org 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.