Woman Busted for Teen's Gut Piercing

'Misguided but not criminal' says attorney

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    A Crystal Lake woman who pleaded guilty to attempted forgery should have had a gut feeling that it was a bad idea.

    A Crystal Lake woman who pleaded guilty to attempted forgery should have had a gut feeling that it was a bad idea.

    Eileen Kozlowski, 46, was sentenced on Tuesday to two years probation for posing as a 16-year-old's legal guardian so the teen could get her belly pierced.

    Ah, the priorities of youth.

    According to prosecutors, Kozlowski accompanied the girl to a tattoo parlor and signed a release, allowing the minor to get a belly piercing.

    But Kozlowski's attorney said she committed the forgery with the teen's best interests in mind:

    "It goes without saying that any parent would be and should be upset," said attorney George Kililis, reports the Daily Herald. "But she thought she was doing the right thing because she truly believed the girl was going to [get the piercing] anyway, so she might as well make sure it was supervised."

    Got that, kids? If your parents won't give you what you want, find another adult who will!

    Prosecutors initially filed a felony forgery charge (a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison) but exchanged it for Kozlowski's guilty plea to misdemeanor attempted forgery.

    Along with the two years probation, Kozlowski was fined $500 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, but she will not have to serve prison time unless she violates her probation.

    Maybe she'll take this time to gaze at her navel.

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.