Illegal inker sentenced for sex assault of teen girls

Authorities: Raymond Veenstra sexually assaulted teen girls while tattooing them

Raymond Veenstra is arraigned on Sept. 21, 2015.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man who authorities say sexually assaulted teen girls while illegallly tattooing them is headed to a state prison.

Raymond Veenstra was sentenced on Tuesday between 1.5 and six years in prison for accosting a minor for immoral purposes, 1.5 to three years for criminal sexual conduct charges, and 93 days in jail for violating the public health code.

The sentences will run concurrently and Veenstra received credit for 241 days served.

Veenstra was arrested in September 2015. Police say he was running an illegal tattoo business out of his Grand Rapids home, tattooing teen girls without their parents’ consent, taking nude photos of them that showed the tattoos and posting the images online. Authorities say four minors came forward to say he had sexually assaulted them while giving them tattoos.

In April, he pleaded no contest to accosting a minor for immoral purposes, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and violating the public health code.

As part of his plea agreement, Veenstra will have to register as a sex offender.

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