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Miami Heat Star

Cleared in Internet Kiddie Crime Investigation

9/19/2013 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Miami Heat star Chris Andersen -- aka Birdman -- has been cleared in a criminal investigation allegedly involving an underage girl on the Internet ... a year after the Feds raided his Colorado home.

The Internet Crimes Against Children task force searched Andersen's home looking for some link between him and an underage girl in California, with whom Andersen had allegedly carried on an illicit relationship both online and in person. But it turns out, it was all an elaborate "catfishing" scheme.

According to police, Andersen was actually set up by a 29-year-old woman in rural Canada named Shelly Lynn Chartier -- who posed as a real girl in California while communicating with Andersen. In turn, Chartier then used Andersen's image to communicate with the actual girl in California.

The ruse was so convincing that the California girl -- who was of legal age -- flew out to Colorado to meet Andersen. The two made contact, but the relationship didn't progress from there.

That's when Chartier allegedly threatened Andersen with extortion, making claims the California girl was actually underage. Chartier was arrested in January. Andersen will NOT be charged with a crime.

A rep for the Miami Heat said, "We are not surprised this is the end result. We are happy for Chris and glad this unfortunate incident is behind him."

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larry fine    

Birdman would probably like a stint in prison. It upgrades his street cred.

313 days ago
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Jeems    

This son of a whore needs to stay away from kids. Bird Man? You see, he acts like big bird to draw those kids in closer. He will slip up and they will get his ass.

313 days ago
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JennA    

I'm all for "better safe than sorry" when it comes to child predators, but I'm a little confused as to what the basis was for seizing his computers. Catfish or not, the "alleged victim" was always an adult and presented as an adult. Right?

313 days ago
4.

J    

Cleared or not Chris "Birdman" Anderson is still an absolute dirtbag.

313 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Well damn. She sure did think that out. Too bad it didn't work for her. Idiot.

313 days ago
6.

nof    

Unbelievably disgusting ...


What mentally-ill people are capable of concocting ...


Good For The Bird.


The Shadow's Been Lifted - so happy for the guy.

313 days ago
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bazinga    

He's a FREAK.

313 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Guess he's fondling himself to just regular porn.

313 days ago
9.

LadyN    

This story makes no sense. It seems to be missing facts like where does an underaged person come into play here?

313 days ago
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charl62089    

What

313 days ago
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Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

That ink on his neck is going to look ridiculous when he's fat and old.

313 days ago
12.

Tarington    

We lived close to Chris "Birdman" Anderson's Douglas County ("DC") house, we were so angry because anyone living in Colorado, who lived in Douglas County, DC Sheriff's Office (DCSO") has/had a history of jumping the gun. Chris lost his Denver Nugget's position over this incident. The allegation alone was VERY, VERY disgusting, yet DCSO never, EVER arrested Chris just showed up at his house, warrant in hand, entered then staying a few hours taking away computers and other items and NEVER said one thing regarding what they were looking for only that it was related to an underage relationship, but it was completely vague ALL during basketball season. Just watch, DCSO and Douglas County Attorney's Office won't offer an apology or even give a descent statement other than Chris is cleared. Look, whether you like Chris or not, DCSO up-ended his life, Chris lost his job over it, money, had to move to Miami and all for what--allegations??!!! Put yourself or someone u know in Chris's place and you would be livid. This is where law enforcement, which includes prosecutor's office, has gone to -- pathetic desperation at trying to get their name in the news (as "We Uphold the Law" BS) when DCSO has had a very poor image given there was attached bonuses to every plea of guilty that every level of DA met, and then when news of it happened, all of sudden, program no longer existed (see Denver Post re related story), funny how that came out right before Chris's scandal. Wonder how much it cost tax payers to investigate? Nice work, DCSO and DA's office, I'm so glad we don'tlive in your county anymore paying taxes to keep your less than legitimate offices going.

313 days ago
13.

chicagoannie    

Maybe men should meet meet real women in person instead of corresponding and yanking off with cyberfolks on the net.

313 days ago
14.

Bird    

This made our local newspaper! Stupid broad is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Birdman should slap her with a lawsuit for tarnishing his name. Then again, you can't get blood from a stone.

313 days ago
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Carl    

It took 9 months after arresting the woman for him to be exonerated? It is even stranger given that the girl in the middle of this was legal age.

313 days ago
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