Tattoo for Sex Suspect Found Guilty

A tattoo artist accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen children was found guilty on Tuesday.

By Teresa Masterson and David Chang
|  Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012  |  Updated 5:24 PM EDT
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Tattoo for Sex Suspect Found Guilty

Bristol Police

Falls Township tattoo artist Walter Meyerle, 35, was accused of sexually assaulting 15 girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 17 over 13 years.

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A tattoo artist accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen children was found guilty on Tuesday.

Falls Township tattoo artist Walter Meyerle, 35, was accused of sexually assaulting 15 girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 17 over 13 years.

Meyerle was arraigned back on February 23, on charges of involuntary sexual intercourse with a person under age 16, a first-degree felony, and charges related to the alleged sexual assaults of a 12-year-old girl starting in 2000.

In March 2010, Meyerle was arrested for allegedly having sex with the teen girl multiple times, sometimes while his wife was downstairs, and promising the girl a tattoo in her pelvic area in exchange.

After the initial accusation, investigators suspected at the time of Meyerle's arrest that there may be other young victims. They asked parents and kids to please come forward and they did. Meyerle was charged last year with sexual assaults on 14 other children and 2 adults over a 13-year span.

On Tuesday, Meyerle was convicted of nearly all the 200 counts against him. He declined to present a defense during his trial. Sentencing won't be for at least 90 days.
 

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