Staunton Man Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Battery


STAUNTON, VA -- Donald Moats is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery on a child.

A woman hired Moats to give her daughter a tattoo somewhere between May 11th and 18th

Deputies say during the tattoo session, moats molested the girl. The victim's father says he had no idea Moats was capable of doing this, and if he did they never would have allowed moats to tattoo his daughter.

"The first night I found out I was out looking for him, I found his address or people say he might be out. It is just hard. It is hard on me now, everyday I think about it," says the father.

Moats is behind bars tonight at the Middle River Regional Jail without bond.
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There are specific laws in Virginia that allows tattoo artists to come into a home and give tattoos.

T.J. Warsing is a tattoo artist with more than 40 years of experience. He said an artist must have a license from Virginia in order to come into homes and offer tattoos.

All materials must be sterilized. People under the age of 18 must have permission from their parent or guardian.

"Only mother and father that is birthed to the child can get a tattoo by written consent and a license. We accept a birth certificate and a driver's license from both mom and dad," said Warsing.

Warsing said an artist must have full concentration to tattoo a person properly. The artist shouldn't be doing anything else except for tattooing.


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