Man Shot by CHP Indicted on Federal Child Porn Charges
The man shot by California Highway Patrol officers in Douglas City in late April is now facing new charges. Sean Karjala, 42, is being federally indicted for production of child pornography.
Investigators say the child porn was found on a computer that was confiscated from Karjala's home.
Friday afternoon, Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen said Karjala was part of a week-long internet sting that happened about a month ago.
Officers raided his home after he was allegedly communicating online with authorities who were posing as a 15-year-old girl.
Assault-style weapons and the child pornography were found during that raid.
Cohen said his office contacted the federal government with the hopes that harsher charges would be pressed against him.
According to CHP, Karjala was shot by a CHP officer in Douglas City after he tried to assault the officer with a hatchet during a traffic stop.
He was shot four times.
Karjala is currently hospitalized and in protective custody.
Right now, if he is convicted, he is looking at serving between 15 and 30 years in prison and more charges will likely be added.
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