Police: Kokomo man tattooed 11-year-old boy using dirty needle

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KOKOMO, Ind. – A Kokomo man was arrested after police say he gave an 11-year-old boy a tattoo. Ted Williamson, 33, was charged with tattooing a minor and synthetic drug possession.

According to court documents, Williamson gave the boy the tattoo while he was visiting his mother in an apartment in the 300 block of East Walnut Street. Williamson also gave the boy’s mother a neck tattoo when he gave the boy a tattoo on his foot.

The boy showed his father the tattoo when he returned home, and his father reported the incident to the Howard County Child Protection Services. They referred him to police to pursue charges.

According to court documents, the father told police that he is concerned the instruments were not properly sterilized and the needles were dirty.

"I had to take my son to the hospital and have all of this blood work done because she has all of these known diseases and knowing that she has had all of those, she had a tattoo put on her with the same equipment then turns around and has it done on my son," says the 11-year-old boy's dad Scott Pearson.

State law requires a legal guardian to be present and provide permission for a minor to receive a tattoo. The boy’s mother was with him when he received the tattoo, but she has given up all rights to the child, according to court documents.

"I don’t know a single tattoo artist, that works at a legit shop that would even consider tattooing an 11 year old child. "It is really more than aids, it is hepatitis and other things that spread worse," says tattoo expert Timothy Boor of The Bohemian Tattoo Club in Kokomo.

Williamson is currently being held in the Howard County Jail on an $8,000 bond.

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