February 26, 2015
Grand jury files new charges against Albuquerque balloon pilot accused of child sex crimes.
A federal grand jury filed a superseding indictment Wednesday charging Albuquerque balloon pilot Bentley Streett, 39, with more federal sex crimes against minors.
He had previously been arrested on Oct. 3 of last year and was indicted Oct. 21 on two counts of coercion of a minor and two counts of transferring obscene matter to minors.
Wednesday’s filing charges Streett with nine counts relating to either engaging in sexual conduct with minors or trying to obtain pornography from them.
He faces two counts of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors; four counts of attempted production of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and three counts of transferring obscene matter to minors.
The first two counts allege Streett traveled to Illinois in July and August 2013 to have sexual relations with a female minor.
Two counts allege he tried to persuade another female minor to send him child pornography in Sept and Dec. 2013, and two other counts allege he tried to persuade a third female minor to send him child pornography in Nov. 2013
One of the counts says Streett “transferred obscene material” to the first female, and two other counts say he did the same to the third female victim.