A tattoo artist in Edmonton has been sent to prison for 6 years after a court found him guilty of sexually assaulting female customers.
At Scott Pettitt’s sentencing last week, the prosecution suggested 8 ½ years behind bars for, while the defenses pleaded with the court to sent him away for 18 months.
A jury found Pettitt guilty last February on 3 counts of sexual assault. The court charged him in 2018, but the pandemic delayed everything.
The three incidents occurred between 2014 and 2018, at Pettitt’s business premises, the Second Skin custom Tattoos, Edmonton.
The first female he assaulted had asked for a tattoo on the buttocks and thighs in 2014. The jury found that he placed his hands between her legs. When she stated that she was feeling pain, Pettitt offered wine and prescription Percocet.
The second victim went to the studio for tattoo on her upper left leg at the start of 2018. The jury determined that while applying the tattoo, he moved her panty out of the way touching her private part several times despite her asking him many times not to do it again.
The third, and quite serious incident, was on the 1st of June, 2018. Pettitt is said to have digitally penetrated a female customer while applying an upper thigh tattoo.
Pettitt showed remorse during his sentencing, and informed the court that he was sorry for the things he did to his clients, and that it would never happen again.
After a day in jail, the 60-year-old was released on bail, and allowed to resume his trade, but under a chaperone as he awaits sentencing.