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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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Ozzie X    

He looks ready for prison. The general public would get 25 to life in prison.

210 days ago
17.

HillbillyHell    

These TMZ posters are sure a judgemental lot. Just because dude has a few too many tats.

210 days ago
18.

tmz addict    

theres crimes and then theres huh?

210 days ago
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bart    

Better to be safe than sorry but this man needs all police records thrown in the trash. Since he was arrested his picture and finger prints will be of permanent record. Little secret the police don't tell you even if no charges are charged because the woman was a liar.

210 days ago
20.

bart    

Hope they send the woman to prison for a long long time.

210 days ago
21.

mallball    

BIRDMAN BIRDMAN!!!!!!

210 days ago
22.

melanielanderson@live.com    

You said in the article the woman was from western Canada when in fact she's from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada I know this because I'm from Winnipeg and it was on our local news.

210 days ago
23.

kitten roulaine    

This is one VERY strange looking, and odd acting man...and this story is so convoluted we still don't know for sure if he's completely innocent.

210 days ago
24.

Mimi    

Wait, he THOUGHT she was underage?! If she was an undercover cop (who use adults to pose as minors), he would be guilty, guilty, guilty. The Homeland Security guy who approached an undercover 20something online and told her he worked for Homeland Security was charged.

210 days ago
25.

lucydiamond    

Not strange looking or odd acting! Denver misses you Mr. Delicious!

209 days ago
26.

Arsh B    

This is such a poorly written article. Fire whoever wrote it or put them on garbage duty at the TMZ HQ. Seriously. It's atrocious.

209 days ago
27.

wpggirl    

Here's the article from our local paper that explains what the woman did. And she's not from Winnipeg

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/mom-backs-accused-in-online-scam-224528001.html

209 days ago
28.

Bob    

Question left unanswered: Did the extortionist lead him to believe the girl was underage?

209 days ago
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