Ex-soldier gets probation in child sex case

Posted Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013  Print Reprints

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Editor's note: This report has been updated from the original to correct the charges to which Nathan Tatarko pleaded guilty.

A former soldier pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation.

Police have said that Nathan Tatarko, 31, of Alba gave alcohol and drugs to a 14-year-old girl he'd picked up from a mall, had sex with her, and then later made her strip and have sex for money. If Tatarko complies with the conditions of his probation there will be no conviction on his record.

A co-defendant in the Tatarko case, Elliott T. Reed, 26, of Benbrook, has been charged with sexually assaulting a child under 17 and was in the Tarrant County jail on Wednesday with bond set at $10,000, court records show.

Police said the girl was dropped off at Ridgmar Mall on Aug. 11 and was walking outside in the rain when Tatarko pulled up and asked her if she wanted to get inside. Although she did not know Tatarko, the girl agreed, police said.

Tatarko gave the girl alcohol and later took her to a house to visit Reed. There, the trio did drugs and both men had sex with the girl, police said.

Over the next couple of days, Tatarko drove the girl to various gaming businesses where he had her strip for customers for money, police said. He later took the girl to a gas station, where he had her solicit sex for money from a man, police said.

The girl gave the money she earned to Tatarko as he ordered, according to police.

On Aug. 13, the girl was still with Tatarko when he was pulled over during a traffic stop, police said.

The girl was identified through her fingerprints because Tatarko told her to lie about her name and age, police said. When she was separated from Tatarko, the girl admitted what had taken place, police said.

Tatarko previously served in the Army and had been deployed twice to the Middle East, once to Iraq and more recently to Afghanistan, according to his Facebook and MySpace profiles.

Tarrant County records show Tatarko was charged in August with burglary of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

This story contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3