Man Charged For Tattooing Vulgar Word On Wife's Back At Gunpoint

| by Lisa Fogarty

A man from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, has been indicted on charges after he reportedly tattooed the word “slut” on his wife’s back while holding her at gunpoint, reports Lex18.

In May 2014, Michael Aaron Joseph, 30, allegedly returned to his home with his wife after driving from Lexington to Lawrenceburg. Joseph reportedly accused his spouse of texting her ex-boyfriend while they were in the car and the two proceeded to argue until they arrived home, reports WKYT.

Their fight turned violent when Joseph allegedly grabbed a gun in his home and told the woman he was going to give her a tattoo. She resisted at first, according to police, which prompted Joseph to hold the gun to her head. Police say he then tattooed the word “slut” on her back.

Joseph reportedly told police his wife was lying when it came to his actions with his gun.

“The caliber of the gun has changed twice,” Joseph reportedly told cops. “She says she was hit repeatedly from Lawrenceburg to Lexington yet she received no medical attention, there were no cut marks, bruises on her.”

Joseph has been charged with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, and first-degree unlawful imprisonment. He is being held on $15,000 cash bail.

This isn’t the suspect’s first brush with the law. In 2013, he was reportedly found guilty of stabbing a man in a Walmart parking lot. He also reportedly served time for threatening to kill his wife if she left him.

Sources: Lex18, WKYT

Photo Credit: Shelby County Detention Center/Lex18,