CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) — A Hawkins County tattoo business operator has been charged with giving tattoos and body piercings to underage teenagers.
Thirty-six-year-old Jerome Rufus Flannigan of Rogersville was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of child piercing and one count of child tattooing.
Flannigan, who is on probation from Sullivan County convictions that include aggravated assault and drunken driving, was held without bond pending arraignment Monday.
Church Hill police say the mother of a 15-year-old girl reported that her daughter had received a tattoo last month at Irish Creek Tattoos.
Police say Flannigan is also accused of piercing a tongue and nose for two more 16-year-old girls.
The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail each.