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Editor's Note: As part of CNN.com's new Crime section, we are archiving some of the most interesting content from CourtTVNews.com. This story was first published in 2003.

(Court TV) -- Santa Barbara Sheriff's county officers executed a search warrant at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch Tuesday morning in connection with an abuse charge from a 12-year-old boy, Court TV's Diane Dimond is reporting.

Officers are still searching the expansive property.

The search is unrelated to a 13-year-old boy's 1993 allegation that Jackson shared his bed with the teeanager and initiated sexual contact. Criminal charges were never filed, and the teenager's civil suit was settled four months after it was filed.

Jackson's Los Angeles-based attorney declined to comment.

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This June, Jackson, 45, settled a $12 million lawsuit with a former financial adviser over unpaid fees. In May, the singer settled a $1.4 million lawsuit with the auction house, Sotheby's, over unpaid auction debts.

Thomas Sneddon, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara county, was among more than 70 officers entering the ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley in a caravan of marked vehicles. According to Dimond, officers came equipped with a paddy wagon, a portable toilet, and a crime scene evidence collection vehicle.

An ambulance was seen leaving the property shortly after the search began at around 12:00 p.m., ET.

The timing of this latest incident could further damage Jackson's already flagging career. On Tuesday, the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" released a collection of hits entitled "Number Ones," and was said to have been discussing a CBS network special set to air November 26. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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