Police: Alleged illegal inker asked for sex

Raymond Veenstra is arraigned on Sept. 21, 2015.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was illegally tattooing teen girls out of his home asked for sexual favors in return, court documents say.

Testifying during a probable cause hearing on Sept. 18, a detective said that in at least two cases, Raymond Veenstra contacted two minors via Facebook’s messenger service and asked for sexual favors in connection to tattoos he provided them at his Grand Rapids home.

The detective said that Veenstra had solicited teens to give them tattoos over the course of about six months.

Veenstra, 42, faces charges of accosting children for immoral purposes and a public heath code violation.

He was arrested in September for allegedly inking the teens, taking nude photos of the girls that showed the tattoos, and then posting the images online. The health code violation is because Veenstra was running an illegal tattooing business out of his home, authorities say.

Grand Rapids police say 10 victims have come forward so far. They are pursuing more charges.

In the meantime, Veenstra is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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