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Park High School coach cited for tattooing teens without parental consent

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Park High School coach cited for tattooing teens without parental consent
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A 37-year-old Hastings man has been cited for two counts of tattooing minors without written parental consent.

The man, Terry Robert Hardy, told police he had received verbal permission, but police and parents dispute that.


The tattoos were done over the summer. The crime is a misdemeanor.

One of the teens, a 16-year-old girl, received three tattoos from Hardy. One is on her wrist and reads “Strength.” Another was done on her shoulder blade and a cross was done on her neck.

Hardy is the head gymnastics coach at Park High School.

Minnesota statute 609.2246 reads: “No person under the age of 18 may receive a tattoo unless the person provides written parental consent to the tattoo. The consent must include both the custodial and noncustodial parents, where applicable.”

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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