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Major bust in Baxter County

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Breaking news from the Baxter County sheriff's office: They've busted an unlicensed "facility for body art" in Midway. The body artists were illegally tattooing juveniles. A MySpace page provided incriminating evidence.

Following a criminal investigation, charges have been filed against four (4) people in connection with the operation of an unlicensed tattoo shop in the Midway area and for Tattooing Minors without Parental Consent. 
The Investigation was initiated after deputies took a complaint on January 20th from a parent reporting that his juvenile daughter had been given a tattoo without parental consent at a residence at 2818 CR 10 in Midway.   This juvenile and two other juveniles were transported to the residence by one of their mothers, and she subsequently paid $30.00 to have tattoos applied to the juveniles.  People occupying that residence were said to be operating, or allowing to be operated, a tattooing business under the name of “Pleasurable Pain by Matt”.   The investigation revealed that sometime between December 12, 2008 and December 21, 2008, two of these juveniles received tattoos at that residence, neither of whom had parental permission or consent to do this.  The third juvenile had previously been tattooed at this residence.  Photographic evidence was taken from one of the juvenile’s “My Space” account that provided evidence of the crime and helped to identify the suspect applying  tattoos to the juveniles.  The Arkansas Department of Health also indicated that there is not a licensed tattooing business shown on CR 10 in Midway, and that the identified suspect was not a licensed tattoo artist with ADH.
Investigator Brad Hurst obtained warrants for the arrest of four adults involved in the incident.  Warrants were issued for the mother who transported the juveniles to the residence and paid for the tattoos, identified as Shari A. Villalvazo; for the adult who applied the tattoos, identified as Matthew Robert Blair; and for the owners of the residence who permitted these unlawful actions to take place on their property, identified as Steven Hamm and Jackie Hamm.  Specific charges are:
Shari A. Villalvazo, 33 years old of Cotter, charged with:
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – 3 counts – Misdemeanors

 Matthew Robert Blair, 36 years old of the Conway area (formerly of Mountain Home), charged with:
Tattooing a minor without Parental Consent – 3 counts – Misdemeanors
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – 3 counts – Misdemeanors
Performing Body Art Without A License – Misdemeanor
Performing Body Art in Unlicensed Facility – Misdemeanor

Steven J. Hamm, 36 years old of Midway, Arkansas, charged with:
Unlicensed Facility for Body Art – Misdemeanor
Jackie R. Hamm, 36 years old of Midway, Arkansas, charged with:
Unlicensed Facility for Body Art – Misdemeanor
 Steven Hamm and Jackie Hamm surrendered themselves to the Detention Center on February 9th.  They were both served with their warrants and released from custody on their own recognizance by court order.  They will appear in the District Court on February 26, 2009.  
Warrants are still outstanding and waiting to be served on Shari Villalvazo and Matthew Robert Blair.    

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