MEDFORD – Sean Jeffrey Haga, a computer lab educational assistant and track and basketball coach in the Bandon School District, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of child pornography.
Haga was charged in U.S. Federal Court in Medford on July 7. A trial has been set for Sept. 13 in Medford, with a status update set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22.
Haga, 31, remains in custody, according to Gerri Badden with the U.S. Department of Justice. He 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 also faces a forfeiture allegation.
According to court records, Haga, on or about June 17, "used, persuaded, induced, enticed or coerced a minor female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct and knowingly and unlawfully transported or shipped child pornography."
Haga initially faced 15 federal charges related to child pornography following his arrest June 18 in Bandon.
If convicted on all three counts, Haga faces a 15-year mandatory prison sentence, with a possible maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
According to a press release from the FBI Medford office, late on the evening of Friday, June 17, an online user unknowingly contacted an undercover FBI task force officer and shared alleged child pornography. The FBI worked through the night to identify the owner of that particular online user ID, the location from which it was being used, and the identity of the resident at that location. Based on all of the information developed, FBI agents in the Medford Resident Agency were able to obtain search and arrest warrants on Saturday, June 18. The arrest occurred that evening without incident.
At this time, there is no indication that Haga abused any child other than a relative. Any parents concerned about possible inappropriate contact between their child and Haga should call the Bandon Police Department. Outside of the law enforcement process, parents who have concerns relative to the school district should contact Superintendent Doug Ardiana.