Police: Man gave Oreg. high school girls illegal tattoos

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A man faces charges he gave tattoos to high school girls in violation of Oregon law.

Eugene Police arrested Brett Allen Breding, 20, of Crow on 8 counts of tattooing without a license and 8 counts of reckless endangerment.

Breding does not possess a state license to tattoo, said police spokeswoman Jenna McCulley. The reckless endangerment charges stem from the risk of spreading infection via illegal tattooing, McCulley said.

It is also illegal in Oregon for anyone under 18 to get a tattoo.

So far, police have identified 8 girls under 18 who allegedly got tattoos from Breding. Police suspect there may be other people who got tattoos from Breding. She asked anyone who got a tattoo from Breding to call (541) 913-9671.

McCulley said police had heard Breding was giving tattoos to minors as far back as September 2011 but couldn't find any victims.

About a month ago, a Thurston High School parent told police in Springfeidl that Breding had given her daughter a tattoo.

Eugene Police got involved after the investigation led police to private homes in Eugene where the tattoos were done, McCulley said.