Winchester man arrested for illegally tattooing minor

By Jim McCabe on August 28 at 1:28pm

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A 21-year-old Winchester man is facing charges after allegedly giving a 13-year-old girl a tattoo.

Brennan Motley was arrested Tuesday night for tattooing the body of a minor. Jacksonville Police Deputy Chief Tim Shea says the teen is believed to have received the tattoo while in a city home several weeks ago.

“The parents came in and advised us of what happened. We investigated the incident, and as a result of that, ended up arresting an individual for tattooing this minor,” says Shea.

Motley refers to himself as the co-founder and owner of T&M Tattooing on his Facebook page.

Illinois state law says it’s illegal for a tattoo artist to give anyone under the age of 18 a tattoo.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Shelia Porter says there aren’t any registered tattoo shops in Scott County, but individual artists are not required to have permits.

Motley was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor in Morgan County Court yesterday, meaning he could face up to a year in jail. He has a court appearance scheduled for next Tuesday.

Original story indicated Motley was arrested for tattooing a minor without parental consent. Illinois law states minors cannot be tattooed regardless of consent.