BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor for allegedly asking a 15-year-old male for nude photos in exchange for candy or $100.
Police charged Albert Mortensen with a felony count of risk of injury to a minor, after the teen’s mom came forward with the allegations.
“I would like to see him go to jail and pay for the crime that he committed against my son,” said his mother. “I don’t care that he didn’t touch my son. It’s a conversation that no adult is entitled to have with a child.”
According to the teen, it happened several months ago while he visited Mortensen’s convenience store, “Main Street,” located at 114 Main St. in Berlin. He said while inside the store Mortensen asked him for nude pictures in exchange for “Candy or $100.” The teen said he immediately left the store, but was afraid to tell his mother for months be cause he was ashamed and embarrassed about the alleged proposition from Mortensen.
“I’d like to see him get locked up because I can’t be the only kid that he’s done it to,” said the 15-year-old male.
News 8 stopped by Mortensen’s Newington home and asked him directly if he felt he did anything wrong. He insists he just had a conversation with the teen.
“I probably shouldn’t have said anything, but it was just talk back and forth it was nothing,” said Mortensen. When asked if he thought the conversation was appropriate to be having with a teen he said, “Probably not.”
Both the teen and his mother say it’s important that they went public with the story because Mortensen’s store is located directly near a park that many children and teens frequent. But the store recently closed down for unrelated reasons.
Mortensen will be in court Aug. 8. He is out on a $5,000 bond.