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California Man Indicted For Attempted Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child.

Thomas Tatar, age 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 15, 2012. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 22, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 30 years’ in custody, 5 years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Tatar is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Maher is prosecuting the case.

Tatar was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015