Colo. sheriff apologizes for media statements in 'balloon boy' hoax

By Valerie Richardson
Washington Times

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden concluded fairly early on that the "balloon boy" saga was nothing but hot air, yet he continued to state publicly that he believed the Heenes were telling the truth.

On Sunday, Sheriff Alderden revealed that he was playing an elaborate cat-and-mouse game in order to gain the Heene family's trust, a ruse that ultimately led to the dismantling of the family's story but that also compelled him to nudge at ethical lines in dealing with the media.

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