Sunday, October 18, 2009

Balloon Boy Story Bursts - Charges Pending

Balloon Boy story bursts into warrants as the Larimer County Sherriff's Office announces it expects to file charges. Richard Heene and his wife met with Sherriff Jim Alderden for hours on Saturday before the announcement was made.

Fox News is reporting the family home was searched but did not disclose what the Sherriff's Office was searching for, though some additional information was made available:

"We were looking at Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances," Alderden said. "We are talking to the district attorney, federal officials to see if perhaps there aren't additional federal charges that are appropriate in this circumstance."

A Class 3 misdemeanor is the least serious of the three classes of misdemeanor charges. Such a charge might carry jail time of up to 30 days and or fines up to $500.

If Richard Heene planned to use the child in order to gain publicity, one possible consideration is the extreme stress the boy Falcon was under in carrying out his part in the parent's alleged scheme. When the family appeared on television Falcon was vomiting leading experts to express concern the media attention might be putting the boy under too much pressure. In light of potential charges, the stress on Falcon may not have come from the media at all or perhaps have been exacerbated by the pressure to perform to his father's satisfaction. However, these concerns are merely speculative until it is clear what the Sherriff found in the search and what charges may be charged.

Here is a news report of the announcement by the Sherriff:

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