July 10, 2013

Scarborough man indicted for tattooing middle school girls

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a Scarborough man, who allegedly tattooed two 14-year-old girls earlier this year at a Scarborough motel.

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 in Maine.

Joshua Grant, 35, was indicted Friday on 19 counts that include furnishing illegal drugs, unlawful sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, furnishing liquor to a minor, tattooing a minor, tattooing without a license and possession of sexually explicit materials.

When he was charged in March, Scarborough police said that Grant invited the Westbrook Middle School girls to The Downeaster Motel on Route 1 where he had been renting a room.

Police said they learned that the girls had been tattooed at the motel after being notified by a school guidance counselor. The counselor works at Westbrook Middle School.

Police say Grant gave one girl a tattoo on her buttocks and the other a tattoo on her inner thigh.

Grant had been on federal probation at the time of the incident. He was sentenced in 2009 to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release for a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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