Attorney representing Christine Weston Chandler, the YouTube star also known as Chris Chan Online, says it’s important “not to believe everything they learn on the Internet” about her client and her case.
Chandler was arrested on Sunday August 1 and charged with one count of incest after the Green County Sheriff’s Office received reports of alleged “sex crimes against a family member, who resides in the area of Ruckersville “.
In a statement addressed to News weekChandler’s attorney David L Heilberg said much of the information posted about the case had to be “filtered by skepticism”, especially since his client is “legally disabled with problems mental health “.
“Ms. Chandler’s frequent and sometimes excessive Internet presence is in part the product of mental health issues causing misguided attention-seeking and often provocative engagement with others,” Heilberg said.
“Like almost everything on the Internet, it’s hard to determine what is true. These principles hold true no matter if you are a supporter, a legitimate journalist, or an enemy of the troll.”
Heilberg also said online trolls had been in contact with him and tried to get information about Chandler’s case. He said that “legitimate requests from journalists, supporters and harmful trollers will be treated in the same way.”
Chandler is currently being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail without bond and is due in court on September 16.
In a hearing held to determine whether she would get bail, the 39-year-old reportedly stamped her foot after a request to collect personal effects was denied.
Chandler’s attorney criticized the lack of support for his client in light of her well-documented mental health issues.
âThe criminal justice system is a bad vehicle for helping people with mental health issues,â he said. News week.
âThere is also a serious shortage of mental health treatment facilities in Virginia.
someone with the help they need is complicated and will take time. “
Heilberg added that the “volume of disinformation” found on the Internet about Chandler and the online affair made it a “poor place to learn the truth.”
“There are few people who have personal knowledge of what happened. Just because you’ve heard or read something doesn’t mean it’s true.”
Somehow an internet celebrity, Chandler is best known for his web comic crossover character Sonichu and has over 50,000 subscribers on YouTube and nearly 60,000 on Twitter.
If found guilty of incest, she faces between one and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 2,500 under Virginia law.
Heilberg urged anyone “with actual personal knowledge of those involved and the facts of what happened” to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.