COQUILLE — More charges were filed Monday in the child pornography case involving Sean Jeffrey Haga, a former computer lab educational assistant and track and basketball coach in the Bandon School District.
Haga has now also been indicted on sexual abuse charges in Coos County Circuit Court.
Haga was arraigned Monday afternoon in Coquille after a grand jury handed down a secret indictment in October charging three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree sodomy and one count of incest. The charges stem from a victim who is under the age of 12.
Haga, 32, has been in custody in Medford since July 2016 on charges of three counts of child pornography. He has not faced trial on those charges. While Haga was initially to face trial in September 2016, there have been requests for continuances in the case, according to Johnnie-Kaye Montgomery, case administrator for the U.S. Department of Justice in Medford,
Haga’s federal trial is now set for Tuesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. in federal court in Medford.
In the federal case, Haga was indicted on one count of sexual exploitation of children — production of child pornography, one count of sexual exploitation of children — parent or guardian permitting the production of child pornography, and one count of transportation of child pornography.
Haga initially faced 15 federal charges related to child pornography following his arrest June 18, 2016, in Bandon.
If convicted on all three counts in the federal case, Haga faces a 15-year mandatory prison sentence, with a possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Monday's Coos County indictment is related to the same investigation, explained Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.
The Coos County case alleges, in part, that sometime between April 1, 2016 and June 18, 2016, Haga “did unlawfully and knowingly subject a person under 14 years of age to sexual contact.”
Frasier said the case has taken so long to get to the Coos County Circuit Court system because the local DA’s office was not involved when it was started last year. He said he was contacted by the FBI at the end of last year and asked if he would look into potential state charges of sexual abuse that had been uncovered during their investigation.
But with no state agency involved in the initial investigation, Frasier had to wait until federal agents could supply the county with the reports that had been produced in the case. He said he did not receive all of the requested materials until early September, then had to wait to get permission to allow a federal agent to testify before the grand jury.
Frasier said he was not certain why the U.S. Department of Justice did not charge Haga with sexual abuse, but he guessed that there needed to be federal jurisdiction for them to prosecute such a crime.
If a federal and state government both have jurisdiction, sometimes both agencies look at the punishment available in each system and refer the case to whichever agency can get the longer sentence, he said.
“For example, in the Oregon State penal system, as the victim in this case was under 12 years of age, if Mr. Haga is convicted of sodomy 1, he is looking at 25 years in prison under Jessica’s Law and he would have to serve every day,” Frasier said.
Frasier said because Haga is in federal custody, he will be returned to Jackson County in the next couple of days. He will be transported back to Coos County for his next court appearance, which is Dec. 18.
Security was set at $500,000 and Don Scales, an attorney from Medford, was appointed to represent Haga.