APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Real estate agents in the Victor Valley are being alerted about a registered sex offender that was arrested for fondiling himself as he pretended to be a home buyer.
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Dusting Briggs, 36, a resident of Apple Valley, attended a real estate open house on Allegheny Road in Apple Valley.
The victim, a real estate agent was showing the home to prospective buyers. Authorities say Briggs entered the home while the agents showed the home to other customers and waited for them to leave.
“Once alone, Briggs followed the victim as they toured the house. Briggs placed his hands inside his pants and fondled his penis. Briggs kept his hand inside his pants throughout the contact. Due to Briggs’ behavior the victim feared for her safety,” stated a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s press release.
Deputies were able to identify the suspect due to his information that he wrote on a sign-in sheet. Through this information, deputies were able to positively identify Briggs.
Briggs is a registered sex offender, currently registered in the Town of Apple Valley. A warrant was issued for Brigg’s arrest. Briggs was arrested on Monday, April 3rd, and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Lewd Conduct with a bail amount of $100,000.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims. If anyone other real estate agents or citizens hosting an open house have had a similar interaction with Briggs, please contact Deputy Jared Sacapano at the Apple Valley Police Department.
[box type=”warning” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]The Apple Valley Police Department would like to take this opportunity to provide a few safety tips to realtors or anyone hosting an open house. If possible, host with someone else there. Let someone know where you will be and an expected schedule. Provide updates throughout the day. These can be as simple as a text or quick phone call. If your schedule changes, let someone know. Tell someone when you are done for the day and have safely left the location. Have a sign-in sheet and require visitors to sign-in. [/box]