Boulder DA to investigate balloon boy sheriff |

Boulder DA to investigate balloon boy sheriff

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations the Larimer County sheriff violated privacy laws in the case of the runaway balloon that was believed to be carrying a 6-year-old boy.

Richard and Mayumi Heene are accused of lying to authorities for saying their son was on the balloon. Larimer County prosecutors are weighing whether to file criminal charges.

The Larimer DA’s office said Wednesday that Boulder County DA Stan Garnett’s office will look into claims from Richard Heene’s lawyer that Sheriff Jim Alderden broke privacy laws by saying child welfare workers were investigating.

Garnett told the Longmont Times-Call his staff will make a decision as soon as possible.

Garnett and Alderden didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

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