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Banning Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The Riverside County SAFE Task Force arrested 26-year-old Thomas Tatar Thursday morning after serving an arrest and search warrant at his home. A baby living at the location was taken by Child Protective Services.

A total of three people were taken away in handcuffs and a child was taken by CPS Thursday morning after a search warrant was served at a Banning home on a man wanted on child pornography charges, authorities said.

Banning police say they were called out to help, though the SAFE Task Force was the primary agency in charge of the operation.  SAFE, short for "sexual assault felony enforcement" is a multi-agency organization that monitors sexual offenders throughout Riverside County.

The SAFE team had an arrest warrant for Thomas Tatar, 26, who had been living at the location on Almond Way, near Hargrave and Wilson streets, according to Riverside County District Attorney Spokesman John Hall.

The team had been investigating Tatar for the last year on suspicion of distributing child pornography, but he had moved out of state for some time, Hall said.  Investigators recently learned that he had moved back into the area, and planned their operation to bring the man into custody.

Neighbors tell Banning-Beaumont Patch that they heard police yelling at the people inside the home to come out early in the morning, at around 7 a.m.

"I've never seen so many cops at one house," neighbor Miranda Bell told Patch.

According to Hall, once authorities were inside the home, they found several unsafe living conditions-- including unsafe electrical wires running all throughout the house and no running water.  The house also smelled strongly of marijuana, and plants were found growing in the backyard, though they are legal since residents had a medical marijuana license, Hall said.

A six-month-old baby was taken away by Child Protective Services after the home was found to be unsuitable for him to live in.

"There was an electrical wire running right over the baby’s crib," Hall told Banning-Beaumont Patch.  "Officers also found dirty diapers in the crib with the child..."

In addition to Tatar, police ended up arresting another man who was living in the house, 27-year-old Christopher Noone, the child's father, for child endangerment.  Also taken into custody was his wife; the mother of the baby taken by CPS.  She was questioned but has not yet been charged with anything, according to Hall.

Witnesses say the people who live at the house have been very quiet, and tended to keep to themselves after moving in a few months ago.

"[Noone and his wife] would say hi to us when me and my son were walking back and forth to the park," Bell said.  "They would say hi and be friendly, but [Tatar], he wouldn't really say much.  He would just kind of mind his own business."

Police also seized computers from the home as evidence in their case.

According to jail records, Tatar was being held at the Banning jail on $50,000 bail, while Noone's bail was set at $35,000.

sick of rumors November 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Washy... Do you personally know these people? Or are you going by what you read???
Washy November 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I am going based on what my statement says the police report. I will say again this mother needs supervision (didn't say take the baby away) and some education regarding her baby. Pee is no less nasty and harmful then feces. (if that is your defense of her) And sometimes parents who love their babies very much still make detrimental mistakes that shouldn't happen (like smoking ANYTHING) in the same house as their tiny little clean lungs! She needs some help and education not charges.
Washy November 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I think they should have their baby back. There are likely pictures of everything that are in the police report. If it was early in the morning why was there pot smoke in the house? That cannot be around the baby at all. The lungs are so tiny so clean and can be damaged so easily. If it is a medical need for the parents then they should smoke it outside.
sick of rumors November 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I find all this to be disturbing... Most of these post are fixating on the baby that was taken from his mother and father, because of some over exagorated claims. ( I KNOW THE FACTS AND TRUTH) When the main story "Banning Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges" Thomas Tatar is not even talked about much on here! So your basically saying WASHY that a dirty diaper is more of an issue than a man that is arrested for child pornography? Seriously!?!?
Angelwings November 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
sick of rumors- Exactly! you "know the facts and truth" so you just forget about all of these ignorant comments from these clueless people. My thoughts are with the mom and dad and especially that beautiful little boy. Stay strong and positive and you WILL get through this awful nightmare.

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