Judge denies Tatarski’s post conviction petition

A post conviction relief hearing was held before President Judge Maureen Skerda on Monday in the Warren County Courthouse for Christian David Tatarski, who was sentenced in March 2012 to 70 months to 168 months for aggravated indecent assault.

Tatarski’s lawyer, Stephen Sebald, said that Alan Conn, Tatarski’s public defender in last year’s trial, did not accurately inform Tatarski of the possibility of him receiving consecutive sentences rather than concurrent if he pleaded guilty.

Conn testified Monday that he had informed the accused about maximum penalties a number of times, and “did not push one way or the other” for a jury trial or plea bargain.

Sebald said that Tatarski was a juvenile at the time of the crime, and had emotional difficulties in school. Skerda told Sebald “That’s beyond the scope of this hearing.”

Assistant District Attorney Caleb Gnage said in his closing that Conn went above and beyond his role of a counselor to explain to Tatarski to make sure he understood.

Skerda, noting that she had re-read the transcripts from the trial, said, “The court is well aware that Attorney Conn explained” the sentencing to Tatarski, and denied the post conviction petition.