Chicago tattoo artist charged with sexually assaulting teen girl, abusing 2 women

A man has been charged with sexually violating a girl and two women while working as a tattoo artist on Chicago's Southwest Side.

Miguel Deleon, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on April 16, 2022.

He was also charged with sexually abusing and unlawfully restraining two women: a 26-year-old on Aug. 8, 2021 and a 42-year-old on Aug. 1, 2022.

All the attacks took place while Deleon was working as a tattoo artist in the 6500 block of South Francisco Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.


Prosecutors say the girl and three women contacted DeLeon on Facebook for tattoo work. In each case, DeLeon invited the women to his home where authorities say they were violated.

Prosecutors say the 17-year-old was trying to get a tattoo on her forearm when DeLeon allegedly pulled down her pants and touched her private area. The victim says he also forced a tattoo stencil on her buttocks and chest.

The 26-year-old woman who was trying to get a tattoo on her lower back said DeLeon allegedly rubbed his private part against her foot every time she tried to reposition herself.

FOX 32 Chicago spoke to DeLeon’s neighbor who is a mother of five.

"I'm concerned. I have kids. I have my daughters … he seemed like a normal person," she said.

Another neighbor, an 18-year-old woman, said Deleon solicited her for tattoo work as well but that she could tell something wasn’t right.

Deleon was already on bond awaiting trial for similar sex crimes. Now, he's been ordered held on no bond.

Deleon is due back in court on Feb. 21.

Chicago police are urging victims of Deleon to come forward to Area One detectives at (312) 747-8380 to file a report.