Police: Newberg High student arrested for rape, illegal tattoos

NEWBERG, Ore. - Newberg police arrested an 18-year-old Newberg High School student on charges of giving at least 10 fellow students illegal tattoos and having sex with underage girls.

Stephen Matt Lister, 18, was arrested after police started investigating him in late September following a complaint from the school's nurse to the Newberg High School Resource Officer, who is a member of the Newberg Police Department.

The nurse told police she had received information that a student at the school was giving other students tattoos.

Further investigation revealed Lister was having sexual relations with young girls who attended the school, police said.

Lister faces numerous charges, including 10 counts of performing services in a field of practice without a license, three counts of third-degree sex abuse, two counts of third degree sodomy and three counts of third degree rape.

Police said Lister gave fellow students tattoos at his Newberg apartment and was arrested after two 15-year-old girls confirmed having sex with Lister.

Police said over 20 photos on Lister's phone show he may have been given others tattoos as well and they are concerned Lister did not use correct sanitation when giving the tattoos, which can lead to infections or disease.

Police said the Oregon Health Division verified that Lister does not have a license to give tattoos.

Lister was taken to the Yamhill County Jail and is being held on $150,000 security. He initially appeared in court on October 4 and will be back in court on Oct. 11.

Police are asking anyone who has received a tattoo from Lister to contact the school resource officer or call detectives at 503-538-8321.