Tattoo artist, mom arrested in 14-year-old's tattooing

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A Flower Mound man has been arrested on suspicion that he tattooed a 14-year-old Parker County girl, which is against the law, even though the teen's mother had given permission, Parker County authorities said

The teen's mother also was arrested on charges that she allowed it.

Parker County Sheriff's Department officials identified the man as Brian Lee Sporn, 39. He was arrested Friday morning and released that afternoon after posting $2,000 bail.

He is expected to be charged with one count of performing tattoos prohibited for certain persons.

The teen's mother, Lydie Krenzke Mathers, 31, of Springtown, was arrested Thursday. She was released Friday after posting $4,000 bail.

Mathers faces two counts of obtaining tattoos prohibited for certain persons.

According to investigation reports, the 14-year-old has three tattoos.

“I read the law and as a parent I thought I could allow her to do it,” Mathers said Sunday.

Mathers said she drew two of the tattoos on her daughter during the summer. One is of a heart with wings symbolizing that her daughter is a shaken baby survivor. That one is on her daughter’s side. The other is an open heart care-bear with a tail. That one is on her hip.

The third is just the letters SS on her daughter’s leg. Mathers said Sporn, her fiancee, drew it during the summer. “He was putting one on me; she was nearby and [he] asked if she wanted one,” Mathers said. “You can hardly see it.”

Sporn could not be reached Sunday.

State law prohibits a tattoo on a person younger than 18 years old. In certain circumstances, a tattoo artist may tattoo a person younger than 18 to cover obscene language, gang-related names or drug-related names, according to Texas law.

The charges are Class B misdemeanors. If convicted, the two face a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

An anonymous tip initiated an investigation by the Parker County Sheriff's Department, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Investigators determined that Sporn knew that he was putting a tattoo on a juvenile and the tattooing of the child was not performed in a licensed facility.

Parker County authorities continued to investigate.

In addition, officials with Child Protective Services were notified and also started an investigation, according to the news release.

Mathers was arrested and charged with injury to a child in February 2006, according to Parker County criminal court records. Information on that case was unavailable on Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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