Man who attempted to buy kids to sexually assault pleads guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A former Florida man has pleaded guilty to charges he used the Internet to find children to sexually abuse.

David Claire Riggs was arrested Sept. 1 as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected Internet child predators.

He was nabbed on South Division Avenue south of 44th Street in Kentwood after meeting with an undercover officer with the intent of buying children for sexual exploitation, according to investigators and court records.

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Riggs on Monday, Oct. 24 pleaded guilty to child sexually abusive commercial activity and using a computer to commit a crime, specifically, sexual assault. Both are felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

He will return to Kent County Circuit Court for sentencing on Nov. 22. At the time of his arrest, Riggs had been in Michigan for four months and is listed in court records as being homeless.

Riggs, 29, came here from northern Florida and was working at a Kentwood business, court records show. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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