Man charged with sex, kidnapping crimes tied to Andover teens

Casey Chinn
Booking photo of Casey Chinn.
Courtesy of Anoka County Sheriff's Department

A Burnsville man has been charged with six felonies, including kidnapping and sexual assault, in a case tied to two 13-year-old girls from Andover who were reported missing on Tuesday.

The complaint charges that Casey Lee Chinn, 23, allegedly met the girls online through a website called Omegle, which encourages users to "talk to strangers."

According to the Anoka County Attorney's Office, Chinn contacted the girls online, picked them up in Andover Monday night and took them to his Burnsville home. He told them to use the back door and go to the basement because he lived with his parents. There, he allegedly sexually assaulted the girls.

Deputies were able to track Chinn's location through computer forensics and arrested him early Tuesday morning.

Authorities found the girls "huddled behind a couch in the basement, crying and upset," according to the complaint.

The initial investigation generated "grave concerns" for the girls' safety, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning as it sought the public's help in the search. About an hour later, authorities said the girls had been found but offered no details.

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Chinn was charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Chinn coached youth sports at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis and East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

At East Ridge, Chinn was a volunteer baseball coach and had gone through a background check, the South Washington County Schools district said.

"We are extremely concerned to hear of this issue from our law enforcement community and will act swiftly and accordingly to ensure the safety and well-being of our students," South Washington Superintendent Keith Jacobus said in a statement.

Cristo Rey said Chinn, who began working as a part-time volleyball coach in early September, has been put on leave.

School officials said they're cooperating with the Anoka County Sheriff's office and encouraging school students and families "to discuss any interactions that their children may have had with Mr. Chinn and to come forward with any concerns."