March 30, 2013

Bootleg tattoo artist charged in Scarborough

By Gillian Graham
Staff Writer

This story was updated at 10:25 a.m. 3/30 to correct that Joshua Grant was charged, not arrested.

SCARBOROUGH — A man staying at a Scarborough motel was charged Thursday with allegedly illegally tattooing two 14-year-old girls.

Joshua Grant, 35, was charged after police executed a search warrant at The Downeaster Motel at 184 Route 1, where he allegedly tattooed the two teens. Grant lived at the hotel, which rents rooms by the week, according to Scarborough police.

Grant was charged with tattooing a minor, tattooing without a license, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful sexual contact and assault.

It's illegal to tattoo anyone younger than 18 in Maine. All tattoo artists must be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Grant was not licensed to give tattoos, according to Scarborough police.

Detective Don Blatchford said police learned of the tattoos after being notified by a school guidance counselor in the town where the girls live. He declined to identify the school or town. Grant is expected to appear in court May 29. He was not arrested because the charges against him are misdemeanors, Blatchford said.

Blatchford said Grant is on federal probation after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone who has had similar contact with Grant to call 207-883-6361.

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