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Lawyer for Chris Chan, creator accused of incest, says mental health issues contributed to his online fame and harassment from trolls

Christine Weston Chandler, known as Chris Chan, has been charged with incest. CWCVille Guardian

  • Christine Chandler’s attorney has urged the character’s followers not to believe everything they read online.

  • He added that “the criminal justice system is a poor vehicle for helping people with mental health issues.”

  • Known online as Chris Chan, she was arrested on Sunday for incest.

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Attorney representing Christine Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, criticized the “critical shortage” of mental health facilities in Virginia and said mental health issues played a role in Chandler’s complicated online history.

“Ms. Chandler’s frequent and sometimes exaggerated online presence is in part the product of mental health issues causing misguided attention-seeking and often provocative engagement with others,” David Heilberg said in a statement provided to Insider on Friday. .

Chandler, a popular online figure for more than a decade, has been charged with a single count of incest after a leaked audio recording alleged she had sex with her 79-year-old mother.

Chandler is known for creating the comic book character “Sonichu”, a cross between Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, in addition to being the target of online trolling campaigns since 2007. Chandler obsessives then spent years documenting her story online on a forum and Wiki page called CWCiki.

Heilberg referenced harassment faced by Chandler, who said she has autism spectrum disorder, and warned followers against blindly believing information about Chandler shared on online forums.

“Under ordinary circumstances, people should not believe everything they learn on the internet,” the statement said. “Anything you find there should always be filtered through skepticism that is not sufficiently pursued. This applies even more to someone who is legally disabled with mental health issues.”

Heilberg also suggested that online trolls who document Chandler’s life contacted him for information on the case and said “legitimate requests from journalists, supporters and harmful trollers will be treated equally.” “.

The attorney added that “the criminal justice system is a poor vehicle for helping people with mental health issues” and said there was a lot of “misinformation” circulating online about Chandler.

“There are few people with actual personal knowledge of what happened,” Heidelberg said in the statement. “Just because you’ve heard or read something doesn’t mean it’s true.”

Heilberg asked those with “reliable information or evidence” to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Chandler is currently being held in a Virginia jail without bond and her next court date is September 16.

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