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Red Cross worker sent nude photo to student: police

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— A former American Red Cross employee was arrested Monday for allegedly sending a nude picture of himself to a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School student after she had donated blood.

Reynaldo N. Higgins, 30, is accused of obtaining the victim’s telephone number from the girl under the pretense of getting information for the donor card. After she had given blood, he allegedly started texting her while she was at school to talk about her desire to become a nurse, according to Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington.

Subsequent text messages contained inappropriate comments and culminated with the photo of himself, according to police. The girl then asked to have no contact but Darlington said Higgins continued to call her.

At that point, she notified the school district, which contacted police. Higgins was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors of second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking. He was arraigned before Acting Village Justice Philip Crandall and remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Higgins is from Paterson, N.J., but is temporarily residing in Schenectady because of his job, according to Darlington.

Principal Brian Bailey sent out a letter home to parents saying that he canvassed all students who participated in the blood drive and no one came forward to report a similar incident. He spoke to the Red Cross, which said that the employee had been dismissed. It is conducting its own investigation to see if there are other violations of confidentiality.



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