By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Thursday that former Bandon School District educational assistant and coach Sean Jeffrey Haga, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and a life term of supervised release for sexually abusing a 2-month-old infant and distributing photos of the abuse on the internet.

Haga was previously sentenced for the same crime to 25 years in prison on a state charge of first-degree sodomy by Coos County Circuit Court Judge Martin Stone under the provisions of Jessica’s Law.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Officer Kevin Sonoff, Haga, who was not employed by the Bandon School District at the time of his arrest, was prosecuted in both state and federal court and pleaded guilty in both cases.

Haga’s state and federal sentences will run concurrently, and he will serve his time in federal prison, Sonoff said.

“We do not have evidence of him abusing additional children,” Sonoff added, and he noted Haga will likely serve his full term because, “Parole does not exist in the federal system.”

“Mere hours passed between FBI agents first discovering the photographic evidence of Sean Haga’s abuse online and their rescue of the infant victim assisted by local law enforcement.

Unfortunately, Haga’s victimization of this child did not stop with his arrest. These images will continue to be circulated on the internet forever, a heartbreaking fact this child will one day come to understand,” Williams said in a statement. “We believe the sentence imposed will prevent Haga from abusing other children and hope that it brings some measure of solace and comfort to the victim’s family and community.”

“The sexual abuse of this victim — an infant — is reprehensible. Sean Haga’s further exploitation of this baby as he shared that abuse with other pedophiles is unconscionable. I want to thank the FBI agents and local partners at the Bandon Police Department and Coos County Sheriff’s Office who worked around the clock to rescue this child and arrest Haga,” FBI Special Agent Renn Cannon said.

U.S Attorney’s statement

On June 17, 2016, Haga shared photos depicting the sexual abuse of children online with an undercover FBI task force officer using Kik Messenger, an instant messaging mobile application. Haga told the undercover officer that he wanted to travel to have sex with the officer’s minor daughter and that he possessed photos of himself sexually abusing a minor victim. Haga sent multiple pictures depicting this abuse to the undercover officer.

The FBI worked through the night to identify the person associated with the Kik account and the location from which it was being used. Based on the information collected, FBI agents from Medford were able to obtain search and arrest warrants for Haga, who was arrested on June 18, 2016 without incident.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Judi Harper and Amy Potter, assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

The case against Haga was brought forward 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. According to government documents, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet and to identify and rescue victims.

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