Albert Mortensen pleaded not guilty to two counts of risk of injury to a minor in New Britain Superior Court on Friday. (Pool Camera)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -
A teenager told Eyewitness News a Connecticut store owner crossed the line when he asked him for naked pictures in exchange for candy or money.
Albert Mortensen, 68, was the owner of the Main Street Deli in East Berlin and was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor at the end of last month.
One of his alleged victims, who didn't want his identity revealed, chose to speak out about what he said happened.
"He started out making jokes about my sexual life and (wanted to) see where I am with girlfriends and stuff," the victim said.
The teen said he was uncomfortable enough to stop going into the store for snacks. But when he returned, he couldn't believe Mortensen's next request.
"I'll give you all the candy you want or $100 if you show me a picture," the victim alleged Mortensen told him.
That victim told Eyewitness News he feels like he knew how to react in that situation, but the location of the deli had him worried. Main Street Deli is located right next to a park, and a pool as well as a school are nearby.
The victim said other kids may not have reacted the same way.
"There might be kids that don't know how to walk away from that situation, and they could have gotten grabbed or touched by this guy," the victim said.
Mortensen pleaded not guilty to two counts of risk of injury to a minor in New Britain Superior Court on Friday.
Court documents show another teen also went to police. He told officers the deli owner told him he was going to spank him and offered to let him work naked in the shop.
Mortensen's lawyer told the judge they're planning to have him evaluated by a psychologist.
Neither Mortensen nor his lawyer wanted to speak with Eyewitness News on Friday. According to court documents, Mortensen told police he never asked for photos from kids.
Those documents also showed Mortensen said he "now realized it was probably not a good idea to talk about sex with someone so young."
His alleged victim said he should face the consequences.
"I hope his punishment is as bad as his crimes," the teen said. "It's just creepy."
The Main Street Deli in East Berlin recently closed for unknown reasons.
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