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Woman jailed for tattooing smiley, swear word on girl, 12

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CENTERVILLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to jail time for helping the man she lived with tattoo a smiley face and a derogatory word on a 12-year-old girl who spent the night at their home.

The Meadville Tribune reports 30-year-old Melissa Becker, of Centerville, was sentenced Tuesday to up to two years in jail by a Crawford County judge. She'll also serve two years' probation.

She and 33-year-old Randall Charlton III have pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor and tattooing a minor for the incident on May 14. Charlton is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 9.

Crawford County prosecutors say Charlton and Becker didn't contact the girl's mother for permission to be tattooed. That's against the law in Pennsylvania.

The girl told police Charlton tattooed the smiley face and a vulgar term for a woman on her left forearm.