updated 3/28/2005 3:11:43 PM ET 2005-03-28T20:11:43

A man and a teenager have been charged with forcibly tattooing an obscenity on the forehead of a 17-year-old boy, police said Monday.

Officer Craig Berry declined to describe the tattoo, except to say it was a phrase.

“It’s just ludicrous that someone would do something like this to another person,” Berry said.

Kenneth D. Peer, 23, and a 17-year-old boy were charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment. Police were withholding the name of the 17-year-old, who was charged as a youthful offender, Berry said.

The two were in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

The victim — whose name also was withheld by police — walked into the police station Friday to file a complaint against his attackers. The victim told officers he had been held down by a man and another teen at a Norwich residence while they forcibly tattooed the vulgarity.

Police have not established a motive for the attack, Berry said.

Berry said the attackers used a homemade tattooing instrument. Berry said it was likely the victim would require plastic surgery or a laser process to remove the ink.

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