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Police: Teen tattooed minors

Charisma Thompson-Pike, 17, of Central Islip was arrested

Charisma Thompson-Pike, 17, of Central Islip was arrested Friday after she allegedly tattooed two 15-year-olds at her home. She is accused of endangering the welfare of a child and operating a body piercing and tattoo business in her bedroom at 21 Linda Lane. Thompson-Pike advertised her business on Facebook and charged from $5 to $200, Suffolk County police said. Photo Credit: SCPD

A 17-year-old high school student was arrested Friday and charged with tattooing minors in her Central Islip home while her parents were away at work, police said.

Carisma Thompson-Pike, of 21 Linda La., was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of unlawfully dealing with a minor. The minors were 15 years old, Suffolk County police said.

Thompson-Pike was released on bail, pending an arraignment in First District Court, Central Islip at a later date on those misdemeanor charges, police said.

Thompson-Pike, a student at Central Islip High school, advertised her tattoo business on a Facebook page, police said. She operated the business in her bedroom, "an unsanitary, non-sterile environment," police said, and charged from $5 to $200.

Suffolk police said it was unclear how long she operated the business, but authorities became aware of it this week when an angry mother notified authorities that her minor child was tattooed by Thompson-Pike without parental permission.

Third Precinct Crime Section officers said they executed a search warrant at her home and found tattoo guns and inks, as well as various other paraphernalia related to tattooing and body piercing.

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