Bluffton man accused of giving tattoos to teenage girl, other minors

info@islandpacket.comMarch 15, 2013 

A 22-year-old Bluffton man was arrested Thursday for allegedly tattooing a 13-year-old girl in an apartment without a valid state license or her parents' permission.

Martin Guzman was charged by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office with unlawful tattooing, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Guzman had been arrested for strong-arm robbery after a pair of teenagers reported they were beaten and robbed Wednesday night in Oscar Frazier Park, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

A Bluffton father reported Guzman to the Sheriff's Office after confronting his middle-school-aged daughter about the tattoo, which she had posted to Facebook, according to an incident report.

The father told a deputy that a relative told him about the Facebook photo. The father approached his daughter, who said Guzman gave her a tattoo after Thanksgiving in her bikini area at an apartment in the Estates at Westbury, according to the report.

The girl told a deputy she was in Westbury Park when she saw Guzman and decided on the spur of the moment to get a tattoo, because she had heard he did tattoos for underage Bluffton middle and high school students, the report states. She said she paid $20 to Guzman, who used a tattoo machine he bought on the Internet.

Guzman is not licensed to do tattoos in South Carolina, the report states.

During the investigation, a deputy spoke with former Bluffton High School students who graduated two years ago. They said Guzman was known at the school for doing tattoos, according to the report.

It is unlawful under South Carolina law to perform or offer to perform tattooing on a person under 18 years old.

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