Former Red Cross employee pleads not guilty to endangering the welfare of a child

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RAVENA, N.Y. — A former Red
Cross employee pleaded not guilty Friday to endangering the welfare of a child after
police say another victim came forward claiming he sent her sexually explicit
messages on her phone
.

Coeymans Police say
Reynaldo Higgins obtained phone numbers from a number of students during a
blood drive at the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School last week.

He then allegedly sent
naked pictures and continued to make contact with the teens – even when asked
to stop.

“We plan on vigorously
defending the charges and I think once all circumstances come out on this case
it will show he did not commit the crimes alleged and be found not guilty in
this case,” said Higgins' attorney Carmelo Laquirada.

The judge put a temporary
order of protection in place to keep Higgins away from his alleged victim.

Higgins is out on bail and is due back in
court later this month to face the charges.

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