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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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