Sparta man arrested for illegally tattooing teens

Police: minors paid between $5-30 for a tattoo

Sparta police arrested a 24-year-old man for tattooing teens.

Police received an anonymous tip that several students who attend Sparta Alternative Independent Learning School (SAILS) had received tattoos at an apartment in downtown Sparta.

Sparta police identified five minors between the ages of 16-17 that received tattoos from Logan Tormoen, of Sparta, and Andrew Turnmire, of La Crosse. The minors paid between $5-30 for a tattoo and did not have the permission of a parent, Sparta police said.

Sparta police arrested Tormoen on June 12. He was later released from the Monroe County Jail. Police are seeking charges through the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for Turnmire for the crime of tattooing of children. Turnmire has not been located.

Sparta police Chief Mike Kass said Tormoen and Turnmire were not licensed to give tattoos. Police do not know how modern the equipment is that was used.

“We thought it was important to get the information out to the public in case some other kids have been tattooed by these two individuals and at least parents should know that¬† these types of things do occur and often times without their permission,” said Chief Kass.

Tattooing of children is a Class “D” forfeiture and has a penalty not to exceed $200.