APPLE VALLEY – A registered sex offender was arrested after committing lewd acts while posing as a potential homebuyer during an open house Sunday. At around 2:00 p.m. Dustin Briggs, a 36-year-old Apple Valley man attended an open house.
Briggs went into the home while the victim showed the home to other prospects and he waited for them to leave. He signed in on the sign-in sheet when he entered the home and followed the agent, who took him on a tour of the home. During the tour Briggs placed his hands inside his pants fondling his penis. He kept his hands inside his pants throughout the tour and the victim (agent) feared for her safety.
Deputies from the Apple Valley Station were able to identify Briggs, who is a registered sex offender, using the information provided on the sign in sheet. A warrant was issued for Briggs’ arrest on Monday, April 3rd. Briggs was arrested in the 21400 block of Bear Valley Road in the Town of Apple Valley and booked into the High Desert Detention Center. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 and has since been released on bail.
Investigators are concerned that there may be other victims, possibly including other real estate agents or citizens hosting an open house. Anyone who has is asked to contact Deputy Jared Sacapano at the Apple Valley Police Department.
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.
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- Dustin-Briggs: Photo provided by SBSD - Apple Valley Police Department