Ex-Bandon coach faces 30 years for child abuse
A former Coos County youth sports coach could face an extra five years for recording himself sexually abusing an infant and sharing the images with an undercover FBI agent.
Sean Jeffrey Haga, 34, a former Bandon School District employee already sentenced to prison in state court for abusing a child, will be sentenced Thursday, June 27, in U.S. District Court in Medford after previously admitting to a single federal count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Saying in a document filed Wednesday that “Haga’s reprehensible conduct will follow the victim for life,” the U.S. Attorney’s office is seeking a 30-year prison sentence, which would run concurrently to his 25-year state prison sentence for first-degree sodomy.
At the time of his arrest June 18, 2016, Haga had been working as an educational assistant in a computer lab and had formerly worked for Bandon School District as a track and basketball coach.
The day before his arrest, Haga posted messages in an “online forum frequented by people with an interest in child pornography,” according to a document filed Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“Haga posted a message stating, ‘Looking for a mum or dad into kids,’ and provided his Kik messenger user name,” the court document says.
Kik is a smartphone messaging app that doesn’t require users to provide an email address or a phone number.
In response to Haga’s post, an undercover FBI agent sent him a message posing as a parent of a prepubescent daughter.
“When the (undercover officer) said he had a 9-year-old daughter, Haga said he was interested in traveling to have sex with her,” federal prosecutors say.
Through the message exchange, Haga reportedly shared with the undercover agent that he had been sexually abusing an infant, and provided pictures and video of the abuses, court documents say.
The victim was “not even two months old” at the time, according to federal prosecutors.
FBI agents in Medford worked through the night to identify Haga as the individual associated with the Kik user ID, and worked with Bandon police and Coos County sheriff’s deputies to get a search warrant, according to earlier news reports.
A search warrant yielded 367 images and 23 videos of child pornography on Haga’s electronic devices. Federal prosecutors say that 22 of those files were of Haga abusing the infant.