Richard Heene, the father of Falcon Heene aka Balloon Boy, will most probably face charges for making a false report to authorities – a Class 3 misdemeanor – which led the a crazy hot air balloon chase in rescue of the 6 year-old boy believed to be trapped in the strange aircraft.
“We do anticipate at some point in the future, there will be some criminal charges filed with regards to this incident,” Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said.
However, a misdemeanor “hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances,” the sheriff said.
“We certainly want to talk to FAA officials and federal officials to see if perhaps there aren’t additional federal charges that would be more appropriate in the circumstances than what we’re able to do locally,” he said.
The ‘Balloon Boy’ alleged hoax was revealed when Falcon said on ‘Larry King Live’ that he had done it “for the show” (watch video). The Heene family is also being investigated by child protection services based on reports that the parents “took these children into potentially dangerous situations” with tornado chases, experimental balloons and other activities.
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