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Police: Red Cross employee used donor info to stalk, harass

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Reynaldo N. Higgins Reynaldo N. Higgins

RAVENA, N.Y. – An American Red Cross employee has been arrested after allegedly using information from a student's donor card to send nude pictures of himself in the hopes of starting a relationship.

On Monday, Town of Coeymans Police arrested Reynaldo N. Higgins, 30, a temporary resident of Schenectady. Higgins is a permanent resident of Patterson, N.J.

According to police, while working at a volunteer blood drive at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School in the Village of Ravena, Higgins obtained at least one of the students personal information from a donor card and then made inappropriate contact with the teenager by transmitting nude sexually explicit images of himself in the hopes of furthering a relationship with the girl.

Although the girl rejected his advances and requested that he stop contacting her, it was reported that Higgins continued and made contact with her multiple times over a four-day period. The student then reported the incident to school officials who in turn contacted the Coeymans Police Department to investigate.  

The American Red Cross has cooperated with law enforcement authorities conducting the investigation. Higgins has been employed by the American Red Cross for four months but was terminated this morning following the allegations.

He was charged with Aggravated Harassment and Stalking, both misdemeanors, and was remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. 

The R-C-S School District has sent a letter home notifying the parents of those students involved in the blood drive who may have had contact with Higgins.

Due to the fact that he has been at other Red Cross sponsored blood drives, police have released his booking photograph and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying further potential victims.

If anyone has had what they believe to be inappropriate contact with Higgins they are asked to notify the Coeymans Police Department at 518-759-2059.

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