By Calvin Palmer
Two tattooists in Australia who sexually assaulted two teenage girls while performing genital piercings were given suspended prison sentences today.
Mark Andrew Ford, 50, and Gregory Alan Ford, 53, both of Dandenong, Melbourne, were sentenced to two years and six months in prison, wholly suspended for three years, after pleading guilty at the Victoria County Court to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.
Mark Ford told the two girls, aged 13 and 15, that his brother Gregory could carry out the genital piercings they wanted but in order to do so Gregory was required to stimulate the genital area for several minutes.
The men did not ask the girls how old they were.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Wendy Wilmoth, said the sexual penetration of a child was a very serious offence.
“In this unusual case, the penetration of each child was carried out at the child’s request, and in pursuit of something which might be called a fashion or a fad,” Wilmoth said.
“A child under 16 years is, of course, incapable in law of consenting to such a procedure.”
Wilmoth noted the offences happened in 2001 and 2007 respectively and the two men’s business, Tattoo City, no longer performed intimate piercings, regardless of the age of the customer.
The court has delivered its verdict and justice has been seen to be done.
What strikes me as odd is that Gregory was doing the piercing, and presumably the stimulating, but Mark was also charged.
And if stimulation of the genital area is required in order to perform the piercing, why were the girls unable to perform it themselves?
Had this case been heard in Texas, both men could have expected, and received, much tougher sentences – several thousand years at the very least.
[Based on a report by the Melbourne Herald Sun.]