Man suspected in Troy incidents involving teens pleads not guilty

September 15, 2016 12:20 PM

Joseph Badger, 25, is facing a number of charges and this isn't the first time he's been in trouble with the law.

Badger pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted robbery, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

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The robbery charge is a felony.

Shackled and handcuffed, Badger stood before a judge in Troy City Court on Thursday morning.

His public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Badger was then sent to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail until his next court date on September 27.

Badger is accused of two attacks in Lansingburgh Wednesday morning.

In the first, the victim, a 16-year-old girl, said he tried to get her into his truck in an alley behind a Stewart’s at 121st and 5th.

The second incident reportedly happened at 116th and 4th and the victim's mother told us Badger grabbed her daughter from behind -- asked if she'd dated before -- and kissed her on the lips.

Badger was taken into custody and charged last night.

While in court, it was revealed that Badger was under the supervision of probation while awaiting a hearing on another felony charge.

The Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office says that felony charge is grand larceny in the fourth degree, which Badger was arrested on back on July 21.

The court also said he has been convicted twice before on misdemeanor charges.


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