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Former Navy Sailor Sentenced to 10 Months in Federal Prison for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Michael Yan Tajan, age 33, from San Jose, California, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for the crime of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a).  The Court also ordered five years of supervised release following imprisonment and a mandatory $100.00 special assessment fee.  Tajan was ordered to register with the Sex Offender Registry anywhere he resides, is employed, or is in school.

On April 3, 2019, Michael Yan Tajan, then a Navy Gunner Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer, was convicted of Uniformed Code of Military Justice Article 120c offenses - Indecent Recording, in violation of 10 U.S.C. § 920(c), involving adult victims. At a Special Court Martial in Guam, Tajan pled guilty to disobeying a superior commissioned officer, indecent recording, and indecent viewing.  A military judge sentenced Tajan to a reduction in rank, confinement for 90 days, and discharge from the U.S. Navy.

From June 2019 to October 2023, law enforcement confirmed that Tajan resided in Guam after his release, traveled off island, and returned to Guam. Tajan never registered with the Guam Sex Offender Registry, nor did he provide the registry with his intent to engage in international travel.

“The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) facilitates the monitoring and tracking of sex offenders following criminal conviction,” stated United States Attorney Anderson.  “It applies throughout all states, territories, and the District of Columbia.  The Department of Justice aggressively enforces SORNA violations in an effort to keep our communities safe.  Registration information can be found at”

“Mr. Tajan failed to register as a sex offender as required by law after he was convicted of multiple sex-related offenses, thereby posing a threat to those with whom he comes into regular contact near his home, at work, and in school,” said Special Agent in Charge Darren Hatalosky of the NCIS Southeast Asia Field Office. “NCIS and the Department of Justice are committed to ensuring convicted sex offenders are held to account for their crimes.”

The investigation was conducted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service and prosecuted by Rosetta L. San Nicolas, Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.


Carmela S. Rapadas, Public Information Officer

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Updated May 8, 2024