Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 14, 2019
Grantsville woman charged after giving tattoo to minor

A Grantsville woman is facing misdemeanor charges in Grantsville Justice Court after she allegedly tattooed a minor.

The 20-year-old woman is charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful tattooing of a minor and two counts of misdemeanor adult selling tobacco to adolescents. 

On March 28, an 18-year-old drove her 14-year-old brother to the woman’s home on East Main Street, according to the search warrant affidavit from Grantsville City police. While at her home, the woman offered to tattoo the boy for $40 and he agreed to be tattooed but did not obtain parental consent. 

The woman tattooed an Egyptian design on the boy’s chest, then drove the boy and his sister to a convenience store to purchase them tobacco products, the search warrant affidavit said. 

On April 23, the responding officer was contacted by the reporting party, the boy’s mother, the affidavit said. She told police she wanted the woman cited and said her major concern was the tattoo needles may not have been sterile and the area where the tatto was applied may not have been sterile, either. 

When investigators contacted the Tooele County Health Department, they said the woman did not have a license to practice body art, according to the affidavit. 

Police spoke with the accused woman, who said she thought the minor was 17 years old, not 14 years old, the affidavit said. Investigators informed her it would still be illegal to tattoo a 17-year-old without parental consent. 

A search warrant was requested and executed on April 23 at the woman’s home, according to the return to the search warrant affidavit. The items taken from the home included nine tattoo guns, a “tattoo machine,” two boxes of unused needles, 46 bottles of tattoo color, miscellaneous tattoo equipment and a disc for tattoo training. 

The misdemeanor charges were filed in Grantsville Justice Court on May 2 and the woman charged is scheduled to appear in 3rd District Court for arraignment on May 21.


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