June 24, 2018
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Scarborough man on federal probation indicted for allegedly tattooing 14-year-old girls, unlawful sexual contact

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old Scarborough man has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on 19 counts including placing a tattoo on a person younger than 18, unlawful sexual contact and other crimes he allegedly committed against two 14-year-old girls over the course of several days in March.

Joshua Grant, 35, was indicted July 5 on charges that also included furnishing scheduled drugs, endangering the welfare of a child, allowing a minor to consume or possess liquor, placing a tattoo on a person without a license and nine counts of possession of sexually explicit materials.

“Our investigation revealed that Mr. Grant was not only involved in providing tattoos to underage females, but also other activities,” Scarborough police Detective Don Blatchford said Wednesday. “We realized this guy was obviously violating this statute and we began looking into other things like supplying drugs and alcohol to the girls and offering to do tattoos in locations that would need to be hidden, suggesting different spots and areas he shouldn’t have been anywhere near … The bottom line is you’ve got a guy who I think was looking to more than tattoo a couple of young girls, and looking to use that as a foot in the door.”

Grant allegedly provided marijuana to the girls, resulting in the charge of furnishing scheduled drugs. The nine charges of possession of sexually explicit materials stem from photos found on Grant’s cellphone, Blatchford said.

Scarborough police arrested Grant in April at the Downeaster Motel on a federal warrant for a probation violation.

Grant was on probation after serving time in a federal prison for a conviction in U.S. District Court in Bangor for possession of stolen firearms, according to court documents.

He has since been returned to federal custody, according to Blatchford.

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