EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An inmate serving a life sentence for molesting and murdering a 10-year-old girl named Katie was apparently forcibly tattooed across the forehead by a fellow prisoner with the words "KATIE'S REVENGE," authorities say.
Anthony Ray Stockelman, 39, was removed from the general prison population for his own safety last weekend after authorities discovered the tattoo, officials said.
Prison officials said another inmate has been identified as a suspect.
A photo of what is identified as Stockelman's forehead appeared this week on a crime blog called "Lost In Lima Ohio," which focuses on news reports about crimes against children and women.
Two prison guards suspected of supplying the picture were fired for making unauthorized copies of an evidence photo, said Rich Larsen, a spokesman for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Ind.
Child molesters rank near the bottom of the prison hierarchy and are often brutalized by other inmates. Tattoos are against prison regulations, but inmates often fashion crude instruments with plastic utensils and needles.
The tattoo covers most of Stockelman's forehead.
"If I had to guess, I'd say it's a statement from the inmates," said John Neace, father of Katlyn "Katie" Collman.
Stockelman pleaded guilty to abducting, molesting and drowning the girl, whose body was found in 2005 in a creek about 15 miles from her home in the town of Crothersville.