New charges for man accused of targeting girls in Troy

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Rensselaer County Grand Jury handed down a five-count indictment against a Lansingburgh man arrested earlier this month.

According to this indictment handed down by the grand jury on Friday, Joseph Badger is accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old girl, a felony charge.

On Wednesday, Badger pleaded not guilty to five charges, including an attempted kidnapping charge that he did not initially face when he was first arrested on September 14th.

Police say he tried to kidnap one 16-year-old girl and inappropriately touched another 16-year-old girl in two different locations as they walked to school.

A Rensselaer County grand jury indictment accuses Badger of grabbing one teen’s backpack and her hair near 121st and 5th Ave and trying to pull her inside his vehicle. About 20 minutes later, according to  the indictment, he’s accused of forcibly touching intimate parts of a second girl for the purpose of gratifying his sexual desire by kissing her on the mouth.

He also pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of unlawful imprisonment, and one count of forcible touching.

The Rensselaer County DA’s Office says it is not allowed to discuss the grand jury proceedings and cannot, at this time, explain why the kidnapping charge was not initially a charge Badger faced.

Badger was remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail. He was already on parole for previous unrelated charges.

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