Bucks Co. tattoo artist gets 494.5 to 989 years in prison

Walter Frank Meyerle

January 24, 2013 3:58:41 PM PST
A Bucks County tattoo artist has been sentenced to 494.5 to 989 years behind bars for sexually assaulting more than a dozen children.

Judge Diane Gibbons found Walter Meyerle of Falls Township guilty of 170 sex-related charges in back in August 2012.

Authorities said Meyerle traded a tattoo for sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2011, sparking an investigation that led to additional charges involving 15 victims, ages 4 to 17.

Among the evidence presented at Meyerle's non-jury trial was a child pornography collection allegedly seized from Meyerle's home and text messages he allegedly exchanged with one teen.

Meyerle had requested a stipulated waiver trial at which prosecution evidence is put on the record and a judge determines the verdict.

He presented no defense.