A Winchester man faces charges after the parents of a 13-year-old girl said the teen was tattooed without permission.
Brennan J. Motley, 21, of 465 Illinois Route 106 W. in Winchester was arrested Tuesday on a charge of tattooing the body of a minor.
Jacksonville Deputy Chief Tim Shea said it is believed the teen received the tattoo while at a Jacksonville residence about three weeks ago. After her parent became aware of it, they notified police and said they had not given permission.
Shea said Motley was asked to come to the Jacksonville Police Department, where he was interviewed.
“He came in we talked to him and after that determined there was enough evidence to file the charge,” he said.
On Motley’s Facebook page, he refers to himself as owner and co-founder of T & M Tattooing in Winchester.
The Illinois Department of Public Health permits and regulates tattoo shops in the state — primarily to inspect them for hygienic conditions.
Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said there are no registered tattoo shops in Scott County.
“They are required to be registered with us, but if you don’t know they exist, how can you make sure they’re registered?” she said.
Tattoo artists themselves are not required to have permits, and disciplinary action from the state is fairly limited.
“The only thing we do is start by writing a violation against them but that would be it,” Arnold said. “Normally after a criminal proceeding goes through, the activity stops.”
Cody Bozarth can be reached at (217) 245-6121, ext. 1223, or on Twitter @JCnews_Cody.