Terry Hardy, Park High gymnastics coach, cited for assault for tattooing student [UPDATE]

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Image of Terry Hardy via Facebook
Not the look you'd expect from a gymnastics coach, right?
-- Update at bottom --

Terry Hardy, a 37-year-old Hastings resident and head coach of the gymnastics team at Park High School in Cottage Grove, has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly tattooing a 15-year-old girl without her parents' permission.

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He's also been cited for two counts of assault, because when he allegedly tattooed the girl back in June, Minnesota law required both custodial and non-custodial parents to provide teens with written authorization before they could get tattoos. (The law has since been beefed up, and now teens are prohibited from getting tattoos until they are 18 regardless of whether or not their parents are okay with it.)

In a Fox 9 interview, the girl, Abby Rasmussen, 15 at the time she received three tattoos and a tongue piercing from Hardy in his home, said that while Hardy was tattooing her, he asked, "Is your dad going to be mad?"

"In the middle of a tattoo that's kinda a dumb question," she added.

Abby claims Hardy told her he has a license. Turns out he doesn't.

Abby's dad, Curt Rasmussen, told Fox, "Why is he bringing 15-year-old girls to his house? That's just not right behavior." Curt Rasmussen reported Abby's tattoos to police.

Yesterday, South Washington County Schools released a statement as news of Hardy's citations spread. It says:
Allegations have been made against Park High School Gymnastics Head Coach Terry Hardy. Upon learning of the allegations, he was placed on paid administrative leave by the district. He is on administrative leave pending further investigation as the head coach of Park High School gymnastics, but has been dismissed as a gymnastics coordinator for District 833s community Education program.
Hardy could face 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Reached for comment by the Pioneer Press, he said he wouldn't comment on the "false accusations."

:::: UPDATE ::::

Here, via the Fox 9 report linked above, are screengrabs of the tattoos Hardy allegedly gave Abby Rasmussen (the one at bottom is a lyric from this Bring Me The Horizon song):

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cantstandstupid
cantstandstupid

Looks like mr.innocent terry cart wheeling hardy had previous record? Schools dont background check no more or wat? Convicted for buying alcohol for minors? Imagine that - justice prevailed - school failed?

cantstandstupid
cantstandstupid

Bottom line is children are exactly that childrenn til 18. U dont make exeptions to laws that protect ur children for anything...as judge judy says if u have a teen u are fooling urself if u think they donot make bad decisions, mistakes and/or lie!!! Cuz they will and do-period. So any of u who justify or ? Any of this u are stupid!!! So if a teen had a crush on this dush bag would it be ok for him to sleep with her? Should she be part blame? Should dad be more mad at her ? Should the dad known she was screwing him? Wtf is wrong with u peps that throw shit like that out there to a child who obviously made mistake and trying to own up to it and bottom line a victim to something a adult man in a position working at the school knew better and than admits he did them but in end will be iinnocent? If u did u did? If she had one or ten others doe not matter? Wat matters is wat he did and did in his position at a school!!! And obviously school is not waiting for verdict cuZ they publically announced he is let go and will not return. Makes me sick to hear peps write, whether u know or dont know facts -put crap out there about a child!!!! Karma sucks to all u and I hope ur child or children are not put to public opinion cuz it hopefully doesnt put them in same situation as her- cuz the children dont deserve it but God bless if it bites ur stupid asses sumhow for writting such stupid ass stuff bout a child...and each one of u would deserve it -just not ur kids cuz of taught behavior from stupid ass parents!!!! Think people??? Adult - child. Right-wrong. Legal-illegal. If continued without being caught- same girl or next girl brought to his house

mplsroadrash
mplsroadrash

Wow. Those are some shitty looking tats. Better start saving for laser removal young lady. 

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

That guy is a gymnastics coach? lol It would be interesting to know what qualified him for that position in the first place, I'm guessing he is as qualified to coach gymnastics as he is at giving tattoos. I hope the cops can come up with an excuse to check his computer and phones for evidence of sex with minors, it's not normal for a grown man to have a non family 15 year old girl hanging at his house.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Gymnastics coach who allegedly doubles as a lousy tattoo artist allegedly has a 15-year-old girl in his home so she can get some crappy tattoo, and the parents seemingly have no idea the girl is at the clown's home. 

#JerrySpringerSociety

#TweetsAreYours

WhatWhoa
WhatWhoa

Aside from all of the other grossness associated with this situation, those are some of the jankiest tattoos I have ever seen.  If I were to guess I would say they are about 20 years old and done by a cellmate.  He should have to pay for the removal fees.

Susan Stanley
Susan Stanley

Diane Rasmussen if your her Mother why were you letting your 15 yr old daughter go to his home??? And by the way Cottage Grove isn't any better

Matador Ebner
Matador Ebner

I love how the dad is angry at this guy (rightfully so), but not with his own daughter. Shouldn't this also be a learning experience for her? Like, "what the hell were you thinking?" "You're grounded."

Ian Traas
Ian Traas

That dude's a gymnastics coach?! It looks like he's been doing a back handspring into a full Chipotle.

carnations2007
carnations2007

My kid is a Jr at Park, and kids talk. This girl is not such a victim. She is always being talked about, and trying to get "attention". He still made a poor judgement call. But why aren't the parents more involved? Why wait till now? They don't know what their 15 yr old is doing? How did she get to Hastings without a car? I think the bigger problem is how this girl is being raised!!

revauditguy1313
revauditguy1313

I went to the same high schoolas this guy. He was a senior when I was a freshman.  He was still a senior when I graduated .  Gives you an idea of how smart he is.    

Theresa 'Tootie' Anderson
Theresa 'Tootie' Anderson

Are you sure you have all the facts, rumor has it that she had two of her tats before he gave her the one he did.

Stefanie Berres
Stefanie Berres

So, he is the only dumbass here? I am hoping that the 15 year old girl who got 3 - not just 1 - bad tattoos learned a life lesson.

Tareesa Sebastian
Tareesa Sebastian

I don't know if I'm concerned more about the tattoo or the fact this man has a 15-year old girl inside his home.

Holly Engman Schmidt
Holly Engman Schmidt

Actually it happens everywhere not just in the grove. Scary thing is my daughter takes gymnastics at park. No more.

Debbie Swan
Debbie Swan

let her daddy/ their daddys tattoo him!

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

Dude, if you tatted up my daughter, I'd ram my foot straight up your ass before beating you to a bloody pulp.

KC John
KC John

Proud graduate of park high checkin in and i feel ripped off now that i didnt get a free tat while attending .... :/ lol

Susan Stanley
Susan Stanley

Why didn't the Parents know what their 15 yr.old daughter was doing and why was she going to his house?

Beth Dahl Schutt
Beth Dahl Schutt

I agree he is an idiot. But before you judge on someone wearing glasses inside Please think again as I used to also Until I hit my head and suffered a severe concussion and brain injury. I am now extremely light and sound sensitive so do have to wear sunglasses inside and even earplugs depending on where I am.

carlray
carlray

@midwestexplorer81I am a special olympic atheate and some guys and girls invite the atheates over but this guy just seems creppy

_Joe_
_Joe_

%HashtagsAreForTwitterDipshit

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

She should be required to keep them until she's 18 as a reminder not to make stupid choices.

cantstandstupid
cantstandstupid

U should be shot as mother to take wat ur kid says and than bash children. U r no better than terry hardy and he believes he did nothing wrong- u show peps how stupid you are and as they say-stupid cant fix stupid so I wont blame ur son for a learned behavior he got from his stupid mother.

carnations2007
carnations2007

Also, her FB page proves she had at least one of them back in Dec. 2012, could the parents also have a talk about the too many cleavage shots for a 15 yr old. You don't see that much at a Victorias Secret

ericamartinen
ericamartinen

way too many shoes. look up from your feet and you might see some more important things going on?

cantstandstupid
cantstandstupid

Perfect are we? U have kids? Were u a kid? Cuz I promise u donot know were ur kid is all the time if they dont want u to know....but obviously ur the smart one.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

I'm sure that's what it is, he's a tattoo artist/beefy gymnastics coach who happens to have a sensitivity to light. If a dude needs sunglasses in order to apply a tattoo, he'd had to pay me a lot of money to allow him to doodle on my skin.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Nah, that's Ed's kid brother, Terry.

cantstandstupid
cantstandstupid

U hide behind ur fb snd talk out of ur ass but truth is when u look in mirror u see that even urself doesnt like wat u see!!! Karma. Truth hurts and owning wat or who u r will only be a beginning to help ur stupid ass self.

agitprop
agitprop

@TweetsAreYours This guy is *not* a legitimate or licensed tattoo artist; those who are despise this kind of creepiness. I wish the state had even more teeth and adequate resources to go after these scratchers.

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