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NBA: Heat F Chris Andersen Cleared of Charges
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NBA: Heat F Chris Andersen Cleared of Charges

Sep 19 2013, 12:57am CDT | by

Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen was cleared of any charges in an alleged Internet hoax.

Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen was cleared of any charges in an alleged Internet hoax.  In the words of Associated Press writer Arnie Stapleton,"Andersen's lawyer and agent,...

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NBA: Heat F Chris Andersen Cleared of Charges

Sep 19 2013, 12:57am CDT | by

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Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen was cleared of any charges in an alleged Internet hoax.

Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen was cleared of any charges in an alleged Internet hoax. 

In the words of Associated Press writer Arnie Stapleton,"Andersen's lawyer and agent, Mark Bryant, said his client was duped by a woman in Canada who sought a relationship and gifts and who threatened a female acquaintance of Andersen's in California while impersonating the tattoo-covered fan favorite known as 'Birdman.'"

The report also quotes Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office who said,"Based on the information that we have been able to obtain and analyze, we are not pursuing charges against Chris Andersen." 

The issue stems from Andersen having a consensual sexual relationship with a California woman when he was with the Denver Nuggets during the 2011-12 NBA season. The woman "had allegedly misrepresented her age to Andersen," per Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated. 

Even if this were true, Andersen did not break any laws in the state of Colorado, where the statutory age of consent is 17. 

He was then allegedly the victim of the aforementioned Canadian woman who was somehow able to obtain access to Andersen's e-mail, social media accounts, his cell phone, bank records and video game console. 

The Canadian was the one who reportedly organized Andersen's first sexual encounter with the woman from California. In subsequent correspondences with the Californian woman, the Canadian, posing as Andersen, began to make demands, some of which were sexually explicit in nature.

The Californian then contacted authorities, who seized Andersen's computer and other electronic equipment from his Larkspur, Col. home.

Investigators were able to organize 4,000 pages of documents which eventually led to the arrest of 29-year-old Shelly Lynn Chartier of Easterville, Manitoba, Canada in January.

According to Wertheim, Chartier was charged with possession of child pornography, personation, extortion, transmission of child pornography and utter threats. She also faces possible charges in Colorado.

Bryant then told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Andersen was a victim and that he will cooperate with law enforcement.  

"Chris is a victim. He was never a suspect, which is a little hard to believe with the thousands of commentaries, never arrested. There was strictly a warrant that was executed on his house looking for things."  

The Miami Heat also released a statement on Wednesday evening, per Winderman. 

"We are not surprised that this is the end result. We are happy for Chris and glad this unfortunate incident is behind him." 

All's well that ends well for the Birdman. 

 
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