06.30.2006 - Former Huntsville police officer Kenneth Haga pleaded guilty Thursday to a child pornography charge in federal court in Birmingham, according to U.S Attorney Alice Martin.
Officer Haga, 41, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Blackburn. The judge has not scheduled a sentencing date. Blackburn ordered Haga, who was arrested in March, to remain in federal custody without bond.
According to the indictment, on Feb. 24 Haga asked a 14-year-old girl in Titus County, Texas, to send him images of herself in sexually explicit conduct, Martin said.
According to Haga's plea agreement with federal prosecutors, he said he met the girl in Texas and had stayed with her family, Martin said. Haga also provided the victim with a digital camera, which was apparently to be used to take the photographs, she said.
A search of Haga's computer revealed dozens of sexually explicit pictures that the girl had taken and mailed to Haga, Martin said.
Haga faces a prison term ranging from 15 to 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000, Martin said.