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Local balloon pliot accused of asking underage girl for nude pictures

Updated: 02/26/2014 5:53 PM | Created: 02/26/2014 5:51 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Riding in a hot-air balloon is a New Mexico attraction for families all over the world.

But many are very disturbed about accusations against one local balloon pilot involving underage girls.

Police say Bentley Streett admitted to asking a 15-year-old girl for nude pictures in a text.

Streett was in court today and pled not guilty.

Court officials say Streett has lived in Albuquerque most of his life.

Photos of Streett found online show him with several families from all over the nation, including at Albuquerque's most recent balloon fiesta.

Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Police spoke with the 15-year-old, who said Streett asked her to send nude pictures knowing she was underage, but she never did.

Investigators say he admitted to asking for the photos and talking with other underage girls on Twitter.

Police also questioned Streett about whether he had any images of child porn on his computer.

Streett operates out of Albuquerque. KOB Eyewitness News 4 found his company vans parked outside of his home.

KOB checked with the FAA; balloon pilots who are U.S. citizens are not required to have a background check to be certified.

A couple of families who flew with Streett disagree with that rule, and are asking for more regulations in the future.

A check of Streett's record shows he has no prior convictions.


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