7 Years for tattoo artist in sex trade case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Avondale tattoo artist who prosecutors alleged traded his work for sex with a teenage girl has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison.

Juan Lara Jr. was sentenced Tuesday for his guilty pleas to attempted child prostitution charges. Sentences for illegal tattooing will be served concurrently.

Avondale police arrested Lara last April after police said he tattooed two 16-year-old girls, one in exchange for sex.

The 38-year-old Lara originally faced charges of sexual conduct with a minor, child prostitution, attempted child prostitution and unlawful tattooing. The most serious charges were dismissed or downgraded as part of a plea bargain.