United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Banning, California, man convicted of Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information about a Minor was sentenced on September 10, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Thomas Tatar, age 27, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Tatar was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2012. He pled guilty to a Superseding Information on June 13, 2013.
Tatar’s conviction relates to incidents that occurred on March 27, 2012, and May 15, 2012, when Tatar, who was living in California, used the internet to meet a minor who was living in South Dakota. During the course of their internet “friendship,” Tatar attempted to solicit sexual activity from the minor girl, and also used the internet to attempt to receive sexually explicit images from her. As this investigation was commencing, Tatar was also investigated by California authorities and convicted in California state court of a separate offense of Bringing into the State of California Matters Depicting Child Sex. On March 13, 2013, Tatar received a 2 year prison sentence for the California offense.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.
Tatar was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.