Local & Regional
Thu November 1, 2012
Tats for Tots? Tahlequah Man Accused of Tattooing Young Children
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Tahlequah man is in jail after prosecutors accused him of tattooing his 10-year-old and 5-year-old cousins.
Authorities say 23-year-old Rocky Gritts was charged with two counts of felony child abuse by injury for allegedly giving permanent tattoos to the two boys. The Muskogee Phoenix reports that a school resource officer notified authorities after the 10-year-old showed up at school with tattoos on his hands.
Mike Moore, an investigator with the prosecutor's office, says the student told authorities that his 5-year-old brother had also been tattooed by Gritts.
Gritts is being held in the Cherokee County jail on $15,000 bond. Court records do not list an attorney for Gritts.
He's due in court Nov. 28 to determine a date for his preliminary hearing.