Joseph Badger pleads not guilty to Troy incident targeting teen girls

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man accused of preying on teenage girls on their way to school pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Troy City Court.

The alleged incidents, one of which was an attempted abduction, happened Wednesday morning just blocks apart and within 20 minutes of each other.

Badger was escorted into court Thursday morning in street clothes and shackles. Counseled by a public defender, he pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful imprisonment.

The 25-year-old was arrested Wednesday night after police said he first approached a 16-year-old girl as she was walking to school near 121st Street and Fifth Avenue.

The victim told police that Badger tried to force her into his truck by grabbing her by the hair and the backpack she was wearing.

About 20 minutes later, police said he approached another 16-year-old girl a few blocks away at 117th and Fourth Avenue. That victim told police he kissed her.

Police said Badger was currently on probation because he has a pending charge for grand larceny when he was arrested in June for credit card theft.

A family member who did not want to go on camera sent the following statement to NEWS10 ABC.

Joey was charged with attempted robbery for allegedly trying to snatch a book bag. He was not charged with any type of abduction crime. He was not able to be picked out in a lineup. Bail was not set because of past criminal record. When the investigation is complete, they will see this was a retaliation from a previous run-in Joey had with one of the alleged victim’s family.

The family member would not elaborate further on how Badger knows one of the alleged victims or anything else about what happened on Wednesday.

Police believe there could be other victims and encourage anyone to come forward.

Following his arraignment, Badger was sent to county jail without bail. He is scheduled to be back in court on September 27.

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