Newark man gets 10 years for trying to lure minor

WATERVLIET, NY (NEWS10) – Tristan Warner, 48, of Newark, New Jersey, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday after admitting to trying to attract what he thought was an 11-year-old girl. He was arrested after driving from Newark to Watervliet to meet the girl. Warner will also be supervised for 15 years after its release.

Warner admitted that between October 2020 and around January 15, 2021, he messaged what he believed to be the girl via social media. In those messages, he expressed an interest in meeting the girl and engaging in sexual acts with her, according to investigators. He also spoke on the phone to what he believed to be the child’s mother to set up a meeting. He was actually talking with undercover agents.

On January 15, 2021, he drove from Newark to Watervliet to meet the girl. He brought with him condoms, a stuffed animal and two sex-related devices to give to the 11-year-old. He was greeted by law enforcement when he showed up at the meeting place.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the New York State Police, the Colonie Police Department and the Department Watervliet Police Station. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.

This case was prosecuted under the Safe Childhood Project. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, the Safe Childhood Project is led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the Criminal Division.

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