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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Redding Man Indicted for Production of Child Pornography

Friday, May 03, 2013




SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that yesterday a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Sean Erin Karjala, 42, of Redding, with production of child pornography.

According to the indictment, between February 8 and 9, 2013, Karjala produced visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tehama County District Attorney, Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.

On April 28, 2013, Karjala was stopped by a California Highway Patrol Officer in Trinity County near Douglas City. During that stop, Karjala attacked the CHP officer and was shot four times. He is currently hospitalized and in protective custody.

If convicted, Karjala faces a statutory penalty of 15 to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.



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