Deputies: Phelps man arrested after encouraging 12-year-old to purchase marijuana

Officials say a 37-year-old Phelps resident was taken into custody after an investigation into the promotion of marijuana use to a 12-year-old.

Deputies arrested Joshua Brotz, 37, for endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation revealed that for over a month in January and February — he committed a series of acts, which promoted the use of marijuana by a 12-year-old.

Deputies say the victim was encouraged to use marijuana, was provided funds to purchase marijuana, and also assisted to avoid being caught in school with the drugs.

Brots was arraigned in Manchester Town Court and released.

The charges will be answered at a later date.

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