Chris "Birdman" Andersen Internet Crimes Against Children investigation still open

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Former Denver Nugget Chris Andersen, aka the Birdman, has been a major part of the Miami Heat's success in the NBA playoffs to date thanks in part to a 15-15 consecutive basket streak that remained alive last night despite the Heat's loss to the Pacers -- because he didn't attempt a shot. Such achievements contrast sharply with his ignominious exit from the Nuggets last July following a search of his home by Douglas County's Internet Crimes Against Children unit. And today, a law-enforcement rep confirms that the investigation into Andersen remains open.

In May 2012, as we've reported, Andersen's home in Larkspur was searched by the ICAC task force, accompanied by representatives of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The agencies were said to have been acting on a tip from a "California law enforcement agency" first received in February and had been investigating the Birdman since then.

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When Birdman was on the rise.
Computer hardware was reportedly seized from the residence.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets granted Andersen a leave of absence to deal with the situation -- and shortly thereafter, his attorney, Colin Bresee, released a statement about the case.

In it, Bresee maintained that circa 2010, Andersen began receiving letters with accompanying racy photos from a female fan who claimed to be 21 but apparently was not.

She flew to Colorado the next year, and when Andersen didn't return her affections, Bresee says she "threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration."

In other words, Bresee claimed Andersen wasn't a child-porn fancier but a victim. And at this writing, he still hasn't been charged with a crime.

Nonetheless, Andersen was cut by the Nuggets -- for basketball reasons, supposedly, rather than his legal issues.

The big-man challenged Miami Heat subsequently came calling, and after what's been described as thorough investigation of the DCSO inquiry, team brass signed him up. He's since become a key player off the bench for the LeBron James-led squad.

That doesn't mean he's free and clear when it comes to the Colorado investigation, however.

Continue for more about the Chris "Birdman" Andersen investigation, including photos.



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Michael Bowers
Michael Bowers

It seems strange that your "paper" is trying to stir up controversy by repeatedly trying to sensationalize a story that all of the legitimate news organizations in town have already dismissed.

Iris Selawitz
Iris Selawitz

You guys are terrible at trying to create controversy. #leavebirdalone

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

the westword is obsessed with this damn story. I've seen how many facebook posts on this from them already... LAME. no one cares. moving on!!!

Steven Mcbride
Steven Mcbride

Why wouldn't he get the shot? Pete Townsend had a similar allegation that he built. Courts are made to catch the guilty not to prevent people from having a fulfilling life just because they were accused of a crime.

Dave Adams
Dave Adams

Like I said the dude is a millionaire!

Dave Adams
Dave Adams

No! Rich people can afford the best lawyers!

Nathan Seely
Nathan Seely

He deserves to win, sounds like extortion to me

Craig Leavitt
Craig Leavitt

If they had anything on him, they would have prosecuted him by now. Seems apparent that he was set up and extorted.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

I hope it's not true. It's too easy to destroy a good man.

Virginia Lee
Virginia Lee

Absolutely ridiculous to spend this long on an investigation. Either there's charges or not. Apparently there isn't so drop it & everyone move on!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He 1st attract the kids w/ an assortment of colorful cartoons tattooed all over is GIANT size frame ...

jmpmk2
jmpmk2

The reason Anderson hasn't been charged is because this girl and her mother have a LONG history of fraudulent behavior.  He was cut for basketball reasons -- because he was no longer a viable asset to a team spilling over with front court players.

MollySanchez
MollySanchez

I agree that Colorado is very soft on sex crimes, but also on prosecuting athletes for any crime. As for Birdman...well, I always thought he was a jerk. He and his family would come into the Starbucks in Castle Rock and just cut to the front of the long line without apology or even glancing at the people who had been waiting for 10 minutes. Good riddance to Birdman. Go Nuggets!

Iris Selawitz
Iris Selawitz

This isn't news. It's a rehash. Move on and stop trying to smear him.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Colorado CONTINUES to demonstrate it's affection w/ the sex-offender .

Not a whole lot more to say . For the life of me I will NEVER understand WHY this state is so soft on sex crimes, but doesn't see any issue w/ handing out the dozen year sentences for a few rocks of 'crack' ! Colorado is most concerned w/ the 'wrong crack'.....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@jmpmk2  This is the convenient excuse given by the D.A. I seem to recall a certain sheriff who committed dozens of sex offenses & the worst of his punishment was having his name removed from a county building .

Manning or Elway could molest at will in this state . Colorado officials would downplay the crime and forbid it's mentioning by the media . Sorta like their failed attempt at propaganda by arranging the '420 shooting'. That sure was out of the news and public eye w/ the quickness !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Iris Selawitz  It IS news IF Micheal Roberts says so .......

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