Tongue-piercing incident brings child abuse charge for Tennessee man

A man who allegedly posed as a 13-year-old girl’s father and signed a parental consent form so the child could get her tongue pierced at an Oliver Springs, Tennessee, tattoo parlor has been charged with aggravated child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jeremy Vandinter, 36, of Clinton, Tennessee, was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with an incident that occurred last September, Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan said.

Vandinter on Sept. 28 signed his name on the consent form and “intentionally deceived” an employee at Uptown Ink  by forging the juvenile girl’s name, giving her his last name on the form, according to Oliver Springs Police Officer Shannon R. Runyan’s report.

The girl apparently wanted her tongue pierced, and Vandinter obliged, the police chief said. The girl reportedly baby-sat on occasion for Vandinter in the past, Morgan said.

The girl kept her tongue piercing secret from her father until he discovered it April 24.

“He (the father) went ballistic,” Morgan said.

Vandinter Wednesday morning was in the Roane County Jail on a $6,000 bond and is scheduled to appear June 6 in Roane County General Sessions Court.

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