The gymnastics coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minnesota has been placed on leave after being charged with tattooing an underage girl on his gymnastics squad without her parents' permission.
The coach, 38 year old Terry Robert Hardy, was reported to police last week by the teenage girl’s father. The father maintains that Hardy tattooed his daughter twice without ever asking for his consent.
Police cited Hardy with two counts of misdemeanor assault. If convicted, he could spend up to 180 days in jail and be hit with a $2,000 fine.
A statement from the school Hardy works at said he will be on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Hastings, Minnesota Police Chief Bryan Schafer said he’s never seen anyone accused of this offense during his 30 years on the police force.
Twin Cities newspaper reached Hardy by phone recently. His only words to the paper were that he won’t comment on “false accusations.” Hardy was also fired from his coordinator position at a community gymnastics program.