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'Bitch' tattoo: Couple charged with tattooing child without parental permission

Couple charged with tattooing 12-year-old without parental permission.  Tattoo is a smiley face with the word bitch above it.
Couple charged with tattooing 12-year-old without parental permission. Tattoo is a smiley face with the word bitch above it.

Two persons have been charged with inappropriately tattooing a 12-year-old girl without having the girl's parent's permission. 33-year-old Randall Charlton III and 30-year-old Melissa Becker, a couple from Centerville, Pennsylvania, have been ordered to go to trial on the unusual charges. The couple are charged with having tattooed a smiley face and the word “bitch” on the girl who stayed at the couple's residence for a night. The couple waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on charges of child endangerment, as well as other charges, according to a CBS report on Wednesday.

Regarding the tattooing, Crawford County prosecutors have said that the tattooing couple did not obtain permission to put the tattoos on the young girl from Hydetown. Pennsylvania has laws against tattooing a child without a parent’s consent. At the time of the incident, the girl – who has not been named due her young age – was visiting children at the time of the incident. Charlton and Becker were the adult supervisors at the time of the girl’s visit.

According to the Titusville Herald, the affidavit of probable cause for the case against Charlton states that he was arrested by Corry-based state police. The specific charges against Charlton are aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor for having put the tattoo on the young girl. Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols of Titusville set bond at $20,000 for Charlton. After the bond being set, which occurred on Tuesday, he was taken to the Crawford County Correctional Facility. Additionally, it has been learned by Crawford County Assistant District Attorney Paula DiGiacoma that Charlton was convicted of sexual battery back in 2000 in Ohio. That incident is a felony in the third degree. Additionally, Charlton has been previously convicted of not registering his address in Ohio in 2008 and 2009.

As for the offensive tattoo, Charlton allegedly did the tattoo work at a mobile home located at 17338 State Route 8 in Centerville at approximately 9 p.m. on May 14. He reportedly used his personal tattoo kit and tattoo gun to design the tattoo. The tattoo presents a smiley face. Above the smiley face is the word “bitch.” The tattoo of the smiley face and word “bitch” on the girl’s left forearm.

As for Becker, who reportedly witnessed the incident, she is charged with endangering the welfare of a child which is a first-degree misdemeanor, corruption of a minor which is also a first-degree misdemeanor, and simple assault which is a second-degree misdemeanor. She was also charged with tattooing and piercing a minor which is a third-degree misdemeanor. Those charges were waived for court while a charge of first-degree aggravated assault was withdrawn. The children present, however, say that Becker actually drew the tattoo while Charlton controlled the power supply to the tattoo gun. The case continues.

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