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Springtown tattoo artist placed on probation for his work on teen

A Springtown tattoo artist has been sentenced to a year on probation for tattooing a teen — even though the girl’s mother had given him permission.

The mother also tattooed the child, then 14, and also faces charges in the case.

Brian Lee Sporn, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 17 in Weatherford to the misdemeanor charge of violating tattoo/body piercing regulations. Sporn also must perform 40 hours of community service and pay $467 in fines and court costs.

Neither Sporn nor his attorney, Raul Nevarez of Fort Worth, could be reached Thursday.

According to investigation reports, the girl had three tattoos in the summer of 2012.

Sporn tattooed the letters SS on the girl’s leg with the permission of her mother, Lydie Krenzke Mathers, 32, of Springtown.

“You can hardly see it,” Mathers said in a September 2012 interview with the Star-Telegram.

Sporn was Mathers’ fiancee at the time, she said. She declined on Thursday to say whether they are married now, but jail records indicate that the two live at the same address in Springtown.

Mathers said in the 2012 interview that she tattooed her daughter during the summer. One tattoo, on her side, is a heart with wings meant to symbolize the fact that her daughter survived being shaken as a baby. The other, on her hip, is a Care Bear.

“I read the law, and as a parent I thought I could allow her to do it,” Mathers said in the 2012 interview.

Two misdemeanor charges of violating tattoo/body piercing regulations are pending against Mathers, according to Parker County Attorney John Forest.

Mathers declined to comment Thursday.

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. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

An anonymous tip initiated an investigation in the current case, according to a Parker County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Investigators determined that Sporn knew that he was tattooing a juvenile. In addition, the tattooing was not performed in a licensed facility.

Sporn was arrested in 2012 and released after posting $2,000 bail.

Mathers also was taken into custody in the summer of 2012 and later released on $4,000 bail.