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O.C. tattoo artist accused of molesting 2 teenage girls

A Mission Viejo tattoo artist was arrested on suspicion of molesting two teenage girls after giving them free tattoos and alcohol in his apartment, authorities said Wednesday night.

Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera, 29, met one of the 14-year-olds on Facebook and promised to give her a tattoo, alcohol and drugs, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

In December, the girl and a 14-year-old friend allegedly went to the man's apartment, where he plied them with alcohol and gave them tattoos. He is suspected of "making sexual advances toward them" and engaging in "highly inappropriate conduct," Amormino told The Times.

The girls alerted authorities, who pretended to be one of the victims and communicated with Nieves-Vera on Facebook. He allegedly said he wanted to meet the girl Tuesday at Dana Point Harbor and then take her to his apartment to finish the tattoo and enjoy his jacuzzi, Amormino said.

 Instead, Nieves-Vera was met by investigators and taken into custody.

Several years ago, he was deported after serving three years in state prison in connection with a 2004 arrest in a child annoyance case in Riverside County. Investigators do not know when Nieves-Vera re-entered the United States.

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