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Former deli owner accused of soliciting nude photos from minors

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The following mug shot of Albert Mortensen was provided by the Berlin Police Department. The following mug shot of Albert Mortensen was provided by the Berlin Police Department.
BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

A Berlin deli owner was arrested after police said he was accused of trying to solicit nude pictures from minors.

Albert Mortensen, 68, was charged with risk of injury to a minor on Friday. 

Mortensen owned a deli on Main Street in East Berlin, but it recently closed for unknown reasons. Police said that deli, which is located on 114 Main St., is where the incident occurred. 

One resident, who did not want to be named, said her 15-year-old son was allegedly harassed by Mortensen. She said her son was asked inappropriate questions and Mortensen allegedly made comments about her son's hands and feet.

Then, the encounter went a little bit further when Mortensen allegedly asked the teen for a naked photo of him, in exchanged for $100.

Berlin police said they have been tracking down other victims, who have shared similar stories. The encounters between the victims and Mortensen reportedly happened when nobody else was in the store.

Court documents said Mortensen admitted to lewd talk, and regrets it.

"It was probably not a good idea to talk about sex with someone so young," Mortensen said in the court documents.

Mortensen has not been accused of getting physical with any of the victims.

Police did not know the total number of victims, but at least two other teenage boys said they were alone when they were accosted inside of the shop. One was allegedly asked about his genitals while another was allegedly offered a job, on the condition that he would work in the nude.

Frequent customers at the deli said the establishment was always filled with younger employees, and it would be a common hangout with neighborhood children.

"He always seemed very helpful to the young crowd," said Austin Kowaleski who said he knows Mortensen. "He always seemed to be the kind of guy to help the younger crowd, to get them in the business and inevitable he wanted to pass it down to them."

Customers are now wondering if hiring younger employees was just an opportunity to prey on them.

"That's a bad way to end his career. It's unfortunate, very unfortunate," Kowaleski added.

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