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Originally published Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

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Pair to stand trial over girl's smiley face tattoo

A Pennsylvania couple has been ordered to stand trial on charges they tattooed a smiley face and a derogatory word on a 12-year-old girl who spent the night at their home.


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CENTERVILLE, Pa. —

A Pennsylvania couple has been ordered to stand trial on charges they tattooed a smiley face and a derogatory word on a 12-year-old girl who spent the night at their home.

The Titusville Herald (http://bit.ly/1ile83h ) reports 33-year-old Randall Charlton III and 30-year-old Melissa Becker, both of Centerville, on Tuesday waived their rights to preliminary hearings on child endangerment and related charges over the May 14 tattooing.

Crawford County prosecutors say Charlton and Becker didn't contact the girl's mother for permission to be tattooed. That's against the law in Pennsylvania.

The girl was visiting children who were being supervised by Charlton and Becker at the time.

According to the affidavit, the girl identified Charlton as the one who tattooed the smiley and the vulgar term toward women on her left forearm.

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Information from: The Titusville Herald, http://www.titusvilleherald.com/



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