Ocean County Man Admits Producing Images Of Sexual Abuse Of Children And Advertising Child Pornography
Plea Agreements Call for Total Sentence of 30 to 40 Years in Prison
TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man today admitted producing images of himself sexually abusing young children, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Sebastien Attar, 35, of Brick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Separately, Attar also pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of advertising child pornography.
According to documents filed in the case and statements filed in court:
Beginning in mid-2017, federal law enforcement began investigating individuals participating in a private chat messaging group dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. The private chat group was named “Taboo Train 2.0,” and law enforcement identified Attar as a member of that group, operating with the account identifier “Seb Seb.” The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions and in response to requests from other users, Attar, operating as “Seb Seb,” shared with the “Taboo Train 2.0” chat group images depicting sexual acts between adults and very young children.
In March 2018, in connection with the investigation of the “Taboo Train 2.0” chat group, federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Attar’s Brick, New Jersey residence, and seized a number of electronic devices and electronic storage media. In July 2018, a grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Georgia returned a superseding indictment charging Attar and others with advertising child pornography.
In January 2019, during a forensic review of the electronic media seized pursuant to the search of Attar’s residence, law enforcement discovered graphic images in which an individual – later identified as Attar – had photographed himself engaged in sexual acts with two extremely young children, estimated to be less than one month old and less than six months old, respectively, at the time the images were produced. Upon discovery of these images, Attar promptly was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of New Jersey, leading to the two-count information filed today. As part of today’s resolution, the superseding indictment filed in the Northern District of Georgia against Attar was formally transferred to the District of New Jersey so that Attar could plead guilty to that charge in conjunction with his guilty plea to the information filed in this district.
The statutes under which Attar pleaded guilty each carry a statutory mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison, a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count. If accepted by the Court at the time of sentencing, the parties’ plea agreements would result in Attar serving a stipulated total sentence between 30 and 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI-Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, and special agents of the FBI-Atlanta Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge J.C. Hacker, with the investigations leading to today’s guilty pleas. Carpenito also thanked prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak, for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brendan Day of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: David Jay Glassman Esq., Marlton, New Jersey