Chris "Birdman" Andersen Internet Crimes Against Children investigation still open
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.
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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.
Computer hardware was reportedly seized from the residence.
When Birdman was on the rise.
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.
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