Park High School gymnastics coach cited for tattooing teen

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The head gymnastics coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove is on paid administrative leave following allegations that he tattooed an underage girl without her parents' consent in June.

Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer told KARE 11 that Terry Robert Hardy, 37, of Hastings was cited for two misdemeanor counts of assault.

At the time of the incident, Minnesota law required written permission from both parents before a tattoo could be applied to a minor. FOX 9 reports that law was repealed on Aug. 1. Currently, no person under 18 can legally get a tattoo in Minnesota, even with parental consent.

The South Washington County Bulletin says the girl, now 16 years old, was 15 at the time she received the tattoos at Hardy's home, according to a police report. KARE 11 reports Hardy is not a state-licensed tattoo artist.

The Hastings Star Gazette reports the teen received three tattoos from Hardy -- one on her wrist that reads "Strength," a cross was inked on her neck and another tattoo was applied to her shoulder blade.

FOX 9 said the girl's father reported the tattoos to police last week.

South Washington County Schools said in a statement Monday that Hardy was dismissed as the gymnastics coordinator for the district's community education program and will remain on administrative leave from the high school pending further investigation.

It's unclear whether the teen involved was a gymnast.

The Bulletin reports Hardy is in his first year as head coach. He took over the position after co-coaching the past couple of years with former head coach Mark Sikich who is now retired.

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