Man arrested in connection with alleged incident a tattoo shop in Murfreesboro

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We have an update on a story WGNS aired on Tuesday in regards to a tattoo artist in Rutherford County accused of inappropriately touching a female customer. We can now confirm that 35-year old William Wood has been arrested and charged with “Sexual – Indecent Exposure.”

Wood, who works as an artist in a local studio on Broad Street in Murfreesboro, was accused by an 18-year old girl of rubbing his male anatomy on her after the tattoo was finished. The female further told police that as Wood was rubbing Vaseline on her new tattoo, she looked back and noticed he was making “masturbation motions,” according to the official police incident report.

UPDATE: According to an arrest report filed by the Murfreesboro Police Department, Wood admitted to exposing himself to the victim during a police interview on April 16, 2014. 


Wood was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday just before lunch and released an hour later after posting a $2,000 bond. He will appear in court in the near future. 

Note: Suspect is innocent until proven guilty


Original story below:

A local tattoo artist in Rutherford County has been accused of improperly touching an 18-year old female. The victim called the authorities and stated that while lying on her left side to get the new tattoo, the shirt she was wearing kept falling open to expose her right breast. It was a shirt that the artist gave the victim to use.

The female said that as the subject was rubbing Vaseline on her new tattoo, she looked back and noticed the man was making “masturbation motions,” according to the report WGNS obtained from the police department. The woman claimed that the artist then rubbed his penis against her while she was on her side.

The victim became upset and told the suspect to get out of the room so that she could get dressed. The man complied and the victim left, making a call to her mother and later the police. Detectives were made aware of the situation, but no charges have been filed.

The description of the offense was labeled as a “Sexual Assault.” WGNS is not releasing the location of the incident, as no arrests have been made nor have charges been filed.


MPD Incident #14-6931 / MPD Arrest Report #14-6931
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office


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