Police: Sex offender gave cigarettes, pot to child

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — A local man who allegedly gave cigarettes and marijuana to a child was also charged for failing registry requirements for his sex offender status, according to New York State Police.

Michael D. Briggs, 41, was arrested Wednesday after authorities learned he provided cigarettes and marijuana to a 12-year-old girl, according to a news release from state police. During their investigation, troopers found that Briggs, a level 2 sex offender, failed registry requirements for his offender status.

Briggs was charged with two felony counts for failing offender registration requirements, as well as misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful dealing with a child and criminal sale of marijuana.

Briggs is classified as a level 2 sex offender, according to the New York state registry website, meaning a "medium risk of re-offense exists." New York state law requires level 2 offenders to report to a local police agency to have a current picture taken every three years.

Brigg's offender status stems from a 2004 conviction in Rensselaer County of sexual abuse of a person incapable of consent, in that case and was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the Department of Corrections website. He's designated as a "sexually violent and predicate sex offender."

Briggs was arraigned this week in Hoosick town court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. Briggs was listed as "out of custody" on Wednesday evening.

Reach staff writer Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.


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