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Minnesota gym coach charged with tattooing minors without consent

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- A 37-year-old Hastings man has been cited for two counts of tattooing minors without written parental consent.

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Terry Robert Hardy told police he had received verbal permission, but police and parents dispute that.

The tattoos were done over the summer. The charge is a misdemeanor.

One of the teens, a 16-year-old girl, received three tattoos from Hardy. One is on her wrist and reads “Strength.” Another was done on her shoulder blade, and a cross was done on her neck.

Hardy is the head gymnastics coach at Park High School.

Minnesota statute 609.2246 reads: “No person under the age of 18 may receive a tattoo unless the person provides written parental consent to the tattoo. The consent must include both the custodial and noncustodial parents, where applicable.”

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