The head gymnastics coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove was placed on paid leave after police cited him for tattooing a minor without her parents' permission.

A man told Hastings police last week that Terry Robert Hardy, 38, had tattooed the man's juvenile daughter twice without his consent. Police cited Hardy for two counts of misdemeanor assault, and he could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

A statement from the South Washington County school district said Hardy was on leave pending further investigation. He also was fired from his post as gymnastics coordinator for a district community education program, the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the district declined to comment further.

Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer said he's never seen anyone cited for tattooing minors without their parents' consent in his 30 years as an officer.

When reached by phone, Hardy said he would not comment on "false accusations."

Dan Fluegel, the Hastings city attorney, said Hardy doesn't yet have a court appearance scheduled.

Kia Farhang can be reached at 651-228-5488.