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Arvada tattoo artist charged with sexual assault on clients

Austin Heuberger, 26, is charged with unlawful sexual contact with two clients, and police think there might be more victims, according to authorities.
Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Austin Michael Heuberger, 26

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Editor's note: An earlier version of this story used incorrect information provided by the DA's office about where the suspect worked when the alleged crimes took place. It has since been updated.

An Arvada tattoo artist is facing charges involving unlawful sexual contact with two female clients, and police think there could be more victims, the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Austin Michael Heuberger, 26, worked at Ding-Bat Studios, a private tattoo studio located at 5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. in Old Town Arvada, according to an Arvada Police Department affidavit.

Both of the victims who reported having been sexually assaulted by Heuberger said that the assaults occurred while they were on the table being tattooed at Ding-Bat Studios, the district attorney's office said.

The first victim reported to the Arvada Police Department that she was assaulted on Jan. 22, the affidavit says. Heuberger was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact on March 17. He posted bond and was released from jail, the DA's Office said.

In July, a second victim reported to Arvada police that Heuberger had assaulted her on Feb. 28, according to the affidavit. Heuberger was charged Aug. 14 with another count of unlawful sexual contact and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Heuberger was arrested again on Tuesday, the DA's Office said.

According to the Jefferson County jail log, he was being held without bond and was due in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

Ding-Bat Studios provided a statement to 9NEWS on Tuesday afternoon:

“We at Ding-Bat Studios would like to ... announce that Austin Heuberger has been let go as of today. We would like to make it known publicly known that we do not condone any of the actions Austin may have been engaged in and had no knowledge of said actions. Our sincerest apologies to [the] victims and their families for any ... hurt this may have caused. As business owners and reputable tattooers for a combined 20+ years, it’s ... paramount that we state [that] actions like this cannot continue to flourish in this community, as with any. There is no longer room for people to stay silent in times like these."

The Arvada Police Department was investigating and thought it was possible there were other victims. Anyone with information can contact Arvada Police at 720-898-6762.

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